3-10: Impact of Global Change on Water Resources and Water Use

Importance of this Unit to the Course

In Block 2 we saw that observations of both the recent and distant past reveal wide fluctuations in global patterns of precipitation. And climate models suggest future climates also will include changes from current conditions. In this unit we examine how such future climates will impact water resources, an increasingly critical element in societies with increased population and improved living standards.


Preparation for Discussion (You must complete this section before class.)

  1. Read the summary information
  2. Take the Quiz over the summary information. (see your portfolio)
  3. Review additional reading material (this material is not covered in the quiz, but offers more ideas for online discussion)
    • None

Discussion (online / face-to-face) (See your portfolio for due dates and times)

A major component of the course is participation in the online dialog. The following types of comments are required:

The following may be used as discussion starters for the online dialog:

Additional Reading