Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences

Free Online Course: Water in the Western US

Free Online Course: Water in the Western US

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Why is there so much conflict over water in the American West? How do major cities and industrial agricultural systems thrive in semi-arid environments and deserts? How will tens of millions of people in the region cope with a warming climate? 

Join us on April 1, 2015 for the University of Colorado Boulder’s newest Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) “Water in the Western US.” The course will run 4.5 weeks, accommodates flexible schedules, and requires a total of 20-25 hours to complete.

Over a dozen experts in water management, policy, and research are contributing to the course, exploring the scientific, legal, political, and cultural issues impacting water and climate in the Western US. Building on this foundational understanding of climate and water in the West will allow students to examine the Colorado River Basin as a case study, and ultimately conclude the class with a deeper understanding of some controversial water issues faced in the American West.

Educators can earn graduate level credit by signing up for a parallel two-credit hour course through The University of Colorado Boulder’s Division of Continuing Education ($140). Additional information on this opportunity will be provided once the course begins.

There are no prerequisites and no requirements for the course. We hope you join us!

Anne Gold, Associate Scientist and Science Educator, CIRES, University of Colorado Boulder

Eric Gordon, Managing Director, Western Water Assessment, CIRES, University of Colorado Boulder