Water Technology & Policy
This conference will provide participants an overview of water and its role in society. The program includes an introduction to quantitative concepts in water, including an introduction to the hydrological cycle (including sources and types of water, flows/fluxes, and basics of hydrogeology); differences among treatment methods and technologies; water infrastructure; and societal aspects such as culture, economics, war, and international affairs. The course will cover brief snippets of water history, use real-world examples and look toward the future; emphasis will also be given to the role of water in Texas.
- Water hydrology: the global water cycle, types of water and hydrogeology
- Water past and present: water as a foundation for civilization; water uses by sector, purpose and region; global water trends: recent history and forward-looking outlook
- Water treatment technologies: desalination, conventional treatment, wastewater treatment
- Water infrastructure: pumps, pipes and treatment plants; system costs and prices for water sources and treatment; dams; water R&D; the business of water
- Water policy and economy: Clean Water Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, and water regulation; economic value of water, water and affluence; water markets; human right to water vs. water as a commodity
- Water-energy nexus: water for energy and energy for water
- Transboundary waters: water and international affairs; water conflict and water security
- Water and culture: water and religion; water and popular culture (movies, TV, music), water recreation
Course Agenda (pdf)
Who Should Attend
This course is designed to be multidisciplinary and is targeted for a mix of professional engineers, policymakers, academics, planners, water managers, and industrial representatives. It will teach engineers about the societal aspects of water (law, policy, economy, etc.) and it will teach non-engineers the technical/scientific aspects.
Synchronous Video Conferencing
The synchronous video conference option utilizes Jabber. You may download software at ciscojabbervideo.com and register for your free account. An email will be sent out to you after registration providing you dial in instructions for remote course participation.
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