Course: GEOG 474. Water in Dryland Environments (3)
Prerequisite: GEOG 414 or permission of instructor; Instructor consent required for graduate students. The purpose of the class is to provide an understanding of the hydrologic cycle and its relationship to climate in dryland environments. Details of the hydrologic cycle, emphasizing precipitation, evapotranspiration, and runoff will be covered. The nature and causes of rainfall variability in time and space will be considered. Soil and groundwater processes, runoff processes, and flooding and flood hazards are given particular attention. Students will learn principles of hydrology through readings, exercises, research and report writing, and field experience. Available for graduate credit.