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SWS 4932: INTRODUCTION TO WATER IN THE ENVIRONMENT

 

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Instructor:

Heather Enloe
Lecturer
(352) 294-3139
heather.enloe@ufl.edu

About the Course

“Water not only floats a boat; it also sinks it” Chinese proverb. Water is essential to life. Yet, when water is in the wrong place or contains contaminants, we are faced with many challenges, such as sea-level rise, eutrophication, and microplastic pollution. This course will look at several challenging topics in water science (primarily freshwater, with a deep dive into saltwater with sea-level rise).

Course Learning Objectives

After successfully completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Define key terminology used in water sciences (e.g. algae, nutrients, emerging contaminants, eutrophication, watershed, sea level rise)
  • Apply fundamental principles of chemistry and physics in relation to the way soil and vegetation impact water quality and quantity in a watershed
  • Hypothesize on how soil, climate, and geology impact a water body’s properties and ecology using case studies from Florida
  • Investigate the role of soil subsidence in sea-level rise using case studies
  • Evaluate water use in relation to human needs and natural ecosystem function
  • Communicate topics and solutions in water science by participating in group activities during class

Credits: 3
Semesters Offered: Spring
General Education Requirement Course: No

Prerequisites: None
Textbook: None. Required readings are available in Canvas.

 

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