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Initial Publication Date: December 2, 2016

Instructor Materials: Overview of the An Ecosystem Services Approach to Water Resources Module

Module Goal: To use an ecosystem services approach to engage in civic discourse concerning land-use change. See a Conceptual model of Hydrologic Ecosystem Services (Acrobat (PDF) 338kB Jan5 18).

Summative Assessment: The summative assessment for the module has two parts. The first part is a group presentation where students will develop a presentation describing a proposed land-use change and mitigation strategy from the perspective of a particular stakeholder group. The second part consists of reflective questions that should be completed individually.

Unit 1Recognizing Ecosystem Services and their Relation to the Hydrologic Cycle

At the end of this unit, students will be able to (1) recognize a variety of ecosystem services, (2) identify/describe those services related to the hydrologic cycle, and (3) infer how qualitative changes in land use/cover affect the hydrologic inputs/outputs.

Unit 2Measuring and Modeling Ecosystem Services

Students will model the impact of changes in land cover on stormwater runoff. At the end of this module, students will be able to execute the model for a proposed land-use change and judge the effectiveness of different types of low-impact development to mitigate change in stormwater runoff.

Unit 3Using an Ecosystem Services Approach for Civic Engagement

Students will create a persuasive argument pertaining to a land-use change that utilizes geoscientific and other data. Students will recognize what stakeholder groups are and how they often have varying interests and values. Students will create a position paper advocating for or against a proposed land-use change.

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These materials are part of a collection of classroom-tested modules and courses developed by InTeGrate. The materials engage students in understanding the earth system as it intertwines with key societal issues. The collection is freely available and ready to be adapted by undergraduate educators across a range of courses including: general education or majors courses in Earth-focused disciplines such as geoscience or environmental science, social science, engineering, and other sciences, as well as courses for interdisciplinary programs.
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