Water on Earth: An Introduction

This course covers the flow of water as it falls to the earth and travels towards rivers, lakes and oceans.

Water on Earth: An Introduction
This course is archived
Estimated 4 weeks
12–15 hours per week
Self-paced
Progress at your own speed

About this course

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This course covers the flow of water as it falls to the earth and travels towards rivers, lakes and oceans. This includes the basic concepts and definition of a watershed, including how to delineate watershed boundaries. Water budgets and water fluxes will also be introduced, along with the different components of the hydrologic cycle. Finally, Geographic Information Systems will be used to develop a basic model of a watershed in Eastern Ontario, Canada.

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What you'll learn

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  • Describe watershed components and watershed delineation
  • Learn methods to measure precipitation and estimate mean areal precipitation
  • Describe and estimate evaporation, evapotranspiration and interception
  • Conceptualize and estimate infiltration, recharge and groundwater flow
  • Assess the impacts of surface and subsurface processes on water quality and quantity

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Who can take this course?

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