Biophysical Considerations for Water Resilience

Module developed by Professor Larry Baker, Professor, University of Minnesota

Welcome to the module Biophysical Considerations for Water Resilience! Other modules in the International WaTERS training program deal mainly with the social dimensions of water – equity, gender, conflicts, and political ecology.

This module examines the biophysical aspects of water for viewers that have little or no background in hydrology, environmental chemistry, or engineering. The key premise is that achieving water resilience requires a balance of technocratic and social concerns.

The submodules review how water moves through watersheds, how water is used, what “water resilience” means from a socio-ecological standpoint, the problems of chemical and microbial contamination, and how water and sewage are treated.

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 Submodules Duration
 1. Primer on Hydrology, Water Consumption, and Hydrologic Resilience 1.5 hours
 2. Water Contaminants 2 hours
 3. The Global Situation For Water And Sanitation 2 hours
 4. Approaches for Treating Water and Sewage 2 hours
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