Water Sustainability in Cities
This nine-unit module addresses the grand challenge of water system sustainability in cities, and includes aspects of hydrologic and atmospheric processes, clean water, low-impact development, green infrastructure, flood risk, and climate variability. The module consists of nine integrated lessons spanning approximately three weeks of classroom instruction. The lessons use data-driven exercises and the flipped classroom pedagogical approach. The lessons provide a foundation in urban water systems, basic hydrologic and atmospheric processes, and sustainable and resilient infrastructure planning and decision making. Overall, the module highlights the benefits of the interconnections of geoscience, engineering, and other disciplines in the pursuit of water sustainability in cities.
Strengths of the Module
- This module is designed to fuse geoscience elements of hydrologic science, atmospheric science, and biological science with sustainability concepts, systems thinking, planning, and engineering in a manner that illustrates the value of this diverse knowledge for urban water system planning.
- The varied use of flipped and traditional units with consistent use of data-enabled exercises set in place-based case study learning opportunities is also a strength. Individual and team assessments of student learning are included.
- Although designed as an integrated module, sufficient information and guidance is provided to enable instructors to incorporate individual units, activities, and components of activities into courses.
- Finally, a major strength of the module is linking the team project to the individual units to provide lesson learning exercises in the context of bigger picture and opportunities for metacognition reflecting on past material and applying it in new ways.
- Explain water sustainability concepts
- Use systems thinking to enhance water sustainability in cities
- Apply knowledge and skills from atmospheric science and hydrologic science in planning and engineering contexts
- Create and evaluate alternative plans to improve sustainability of water management systems in cities
A great fit for courses in:
- environmental science
- civil engineering
- water resources
- environmental geology
- earth science
- global change
Table of Contents
- Instructor Materials: Overview of the Water Sustainability in Cities Module
Unit 1Module Introduction Unit 2Urban Hydrology Unit 3Urban Water- Atmospheric Environmental Interactions Unit 4Urban Landscapes and Water Use Unit 5Net Zero Water Buildings Unit 6Rainwater Harvesting Unit 7Low Impact Development and Green Infrastructure Unit 8Impacts of Extreme Hydroclimatic Events Unit 9Planning and Decision-Making
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