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SWS 4204: URBAN SOIL AND WATER SYSTEMS

 

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Instructor:

Samuel Smidt
Assistant Professor, Watershed Science
(352) 294-3120
ssmidt@ufl.edu

About the Course

This course introduces students to the topics and issues related to soil and water quality in urban systems. This is a combination of synchronous and asynchronous lectures, activities, assignments, and online discussions through which students will learn and discuss consequences and opportunities of population growth on soil and water systems in urban areas.

Topics covered include:

  • Urban Systems (Introduction to Systems Science, Introduction to Urban Ecosystems, Introduction to Ecosystem Services, History of Urban Infrastructure)
  • Urban Soils (Characteristics of Urban Soils, Urban Contaminants, Urban Biogeochemistry, Urban Agriculture)
  • Urban Water (Water Impacts on Urbanization, Urbanization Impacts on Water, Urban Wastewater, Components of Urban Water Systems)
  • Urban Resiliency (Green Infrastructure, Climate Change Adaptation, Regulatory Tools, Urban Planning, Urban Ecosystem Health)
  • Urban Challenges (Water Availability, Food Demand, Infrastructure, Climate Change, Population Density)

Credits: 3
Semesters Offered: Spring
General Education Requirement Course: No
Prerequisites: SWS 3022, Introduction to Soils in the Environment

Textbook: No textbook is required. You will be asked to download articles, book chapters, reports, and assignments throughout the semester.

 

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