Introduction to Water and Climate
Water is essential for life on Earth and of crucial importance for society. Water also plays a major role in affecting climate. Its natural cycle, from ocean to atmosphere by evaporation, then by precipitation back to land returning via rivers and aquifers to the oceans, has a decisive impact on regional and global climate patterns.
For students of engineering, climate science and environmental studies, this course offers a first introduction to the physics of water systems and their role in climate. In addition, we show you the state-of-the-art engineering interventions that can be applied to water systems. These can improve coastal safety and increase the availability of water supplies worldwide.
The course welcomes students from all over the globe, so we actively encourage discussion of water and climate issues you may experience in your location, now and in the coming decades.
After taking this course, you will be able to:
- Understand the different processes at play in the global water cycle.
- Identify and describe the flows of water and sand in different riverine, coastal and ocean systems.
- Identify mechanisms of climate change and explain the interplay between climate change, sea level, clouds, rainfall and future weather.
- Explain why, when and which engineering interventions are needed in rivers, coastal and urban environments.
- Explain why water for food and water for cities are the main challenges in water management and propose solutions.
- Explain and confront the challenges in better understanding and adapting to the impact of climate change on water over the coming 50 years.