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Unit 4: Urban Landscapes and Water Use
Outdoor watering is one of the largest uses of water in urban areas in more arid climates. In this unit, we will look at water needs for urban outdoor landscaping, and you will get to design a water-efficient urban landscape and compare its water consumption with a turf landscape.
Activity 4.0 - Pre-class: Introduction to ET and landscape water use
Prior to the class session, you need to complete the following required activities :
- Watch the following video: Evapotranspiration and Landscape Plant Water Needs (http://youtu.be/bYIQz7XkMTA) (17:27)
- Supplemental optional videos:
- Complete the Activity 4.0 - Student Handout (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 1.6MB Sep22 16). The questions will be discussed during class.
Activity 4.2 - In-class: Group Landscape Design Project
Activity 4.2 is a group activity in which your group will compute the water use for a growing season for two different landscape designs to compare the amount of water used. First, you compute the water use for a turf landscape. Then you design a water-efficient landscape and compute the water use of your design. You then compare your water-efficient design with the turf landscape and asses the effectiveness of your design.
Your instructor will let you know which of the following options you will be using in class.
Option 1 - Single-family Residence Backyard Design
- Option 1a - Without computers in the classroom
- Activity 4.2 Option 1a Student Handout (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 116kB Sep22 16) (includes instructions and worksheet)
Option 2 - Institutional Building at University of Utah (computer required)
- Option 1b - With computers in the classroom
- Activity 4.2 Option 2 Student handout (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 290kB Sep22 16)
- Activity 4.2 Option 2 Student spreadsheet (Excel 2007 (.xlsx) 17kB Sep9 15)
- To get an idea of what different water use plants might look like for your water-efficient landscape design, you can review the Student Plant Handout (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 2.4MB Sep3 14).
- Review the rubric (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 21kB Jul4 16) that will be used for assessing your group design.
Activity 4.3 - In-Class: Mind Map
- At the end of class, you will have time to add new concepts to the group mind map of an urban water system.
Activity 4.4 - Homework: Discussion Questions
- Your instructor may assign some discussion questions for homework. These discussion questions are included in the Option 1 student handouts above. The questions reflect back on your group design project. The questions are included here as a separate document if your instructor assigns them separately for homework:
- Activity 4.4 - Discussion Questions (Microsoft Word 2007 (.docx) 24kB Jul4 16)