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Video 2: Wind Energy

How do wind turbines work? How can the wind’s kinetic energy be converted into electrical energy? In this video, we discuss the design of wind turbines, the basic physics behind the electricity production and what criteria are being used to locate wind farm by giving different examples from across the US.

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Video 1: Wind Energy (long video)

What is wind, and what causes it? Why are wind patterns different in various parts on Earth? In this video, we explain how pressure systems generate the movement of air, we discuss the impacts that surface roughness and daily cycles of heating and cooling have on wind speed and how the Coriolis force steers the…

Energy
Video 1: Wind Energy (short video)

What is wind, and what causes it? Why are wind patterns different in various parts on Earth? In this video, we explain how pressure systems generate the movement of air, we discuss the impacts that surface roughness and daily cycles of heating and cooling have on wind speed and how the Coriolis force steers the…

Energy
What Does the Future Hold?

In the final video lecture of the series, Eric Gordon and Anne Gold from CIRES wrap up the series by giving an overview of the previous lectures and discussing possibilities of future challenges facing water in the west.

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A Collision of Impacts: The Water Energy Nexus

In this lecture, Kristen Averyt from the University of Colorado Boulder gives a lecture on the link between water and energy, also known as the Water-Energy Nexus. Learn about how water can generate power. This video is part of the Water in the Western US project.

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Doing More With Less: Water Conservation and New Supplies in Las Vegas

In this part of the Water in the Western US lecture series, Eric Gordon from the University of Colorado Boulder discusses the rapid growth of Las Vegas and the history of its water use. This western water story can help us learn about how desert towns can improve their water sustainability.

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Science, Management, and Reality: The Story of the California Bay Delta

Peter Goodwin and Phil Isenberg of the Delta Stewardship Council gave this lecture on the story of the California Bay Delta. They discuss complex management issues with California's water supply and more. This video is part of the Water in the Western US project.

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Understanding Water Quality Impacts: Boulder Creek Case Study

In this video, Sheila Murphy from the US Geological Survey gives a lecture on the effects that wildfire has on water quality and quantity. This lecture is part of the Water in the Western US project.

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A Growing Controversy: Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Supplies

This lecture by Dr. Mark Williams from the University of Colorado Boulder gives an overview on the controversial topic of hydraulic fracturing (also known as "fracking"). What is it and how does it affect our water supply? This video is part of the Water in the Western US project.

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Physical Attributes of the Colorado River and Experimental Flows in the Grand Canyon

This lecture by Dr. Jack Schmidt from Utah State University gives an overview on the physical attributes of the Colorado River and how that affects river restoration. This video is part of the Water in the Western US lecture series.

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The Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study

In this lecture, Dr. Ken Novak from the US Bureau of Reclamation examines a case study on the water supply and demand of the Colorado River Basin. Learn about how increasing demand for water affects reservoirs and other infrastructure. This is part of the Water in the Western US lecture series.

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Climate and the Colorado River Basin Past, Present, and Future

This video features Jeff Lukas from CIRES' Western Water Assessment who discusses the overall climate patterns of the Colorado River Basin, and how we can use this information to study the past, present, and future climate of the western United States. This video is part of the Water in the Western US lecture…

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History of Development of the Colorado River Basin

In this video, Dr. Paul Lander from the University of Colorado Boulder gives a lecture on the history of two important dams: Hoover and Glen Canyon. This is part of the Water in the Western US lecture series.

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Geographic and Physical Overview of the Colorado River Basin

CIRES' Anne Gold delivers a lecture on the physical geographic overview of the Colorado River Basin and the legal and political aspects of water management in the west. This is part of the Water in the Western US lecture series.

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Water Demand for Urban Areas

In this lecture, Dr. Joanna Endter-Wada from Utah State University discusses water demand for urban areas. Learn about the nature of urban water demand, urban water management, and more. This is part of the Water in the Western US lecture series.

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Water Demand for Agriculture

Dr. Reagan Waskom, director of the Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University, provides an overview on agricultural water use in the west. Learn about types of agriculture, how water is used in agriculture, and why so much water is needed for agriculture in the west. This video is part of the Water in…

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Impacts of Climate Change in the Interior West

 

This video features Eric Gordon, who delivers a lecture on the effects that climate change will have on water in the Western United States. This is part of the Water in the Western US lecture series.

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River and Flash Flooding

Research scientist Dr. Kelly Mahoney explores rivers and flash flooding in the west. This video covers different kinds of floods, what causes flash flooding, why flash flooding is more of a risk in the Western US, and what happened in the 2013 Front Range floods. This video is part of the Water in the Western US…

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Watershed Impacts

In this lecture, Eric Gordon covers how the state of watersheds in the west can impact life in the surrounding areas. This includes an overview of the effects of wildfires, bark beetle infestations, and desert dust deposition on snow on the watershed. This video is part of the Water in the Western US lecture series…

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Groundwater Resources

In this video, Dr. Ben Livneh from CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder gives an overview of all things groundwater in the Western United States. This video is part of the Water in the Western US lecture series.

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Water Quality, Aquatic Habitat, and Drinking Water

This lecture by Anne Gold discusses water quality challenges in the Western United States and how that affects aquatic habitats and drinking water. This video covers streamflow, salinity, pollution, sediment load, and more. This video is part of the Water in the Western US lecture series.

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Climate in the Western US and Water Resources

 

Jeff Lukas with Western Water Assessment discusses how the climate of the Western United States affects the availability of water resources. Learn more about the natural processes that drive our water cycle in the Western United States. This video is part of the Water in the Western US lecture series.

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Environmental Flows and the Endangered Species Act

This lecture by Dr. Mark Squillace of the University of Colorado Law School covers water, public rights, and the Endangered Species Act. This video is part of the Water in the Western US lecture series.

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Interstate Water Conflicts and Agreements

Interstate Streams Division Administrator for the Wyoming State Engineer's Office, Sue Lowry, gives a lecture on important things to know about how interstate water conflicts can be resolved in the United States. This video is part of the Water in the Western US lecture series.

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Prior Appropriation

In this video, Assistant Attorney General Kate Ryan from the Colorado Supreme Court gives an overview of water rights across the Western US and the Prior Appropriation Doctrine. Learn why this doctrine is important for learning about water in the west. This video is part of the Water in the Western US project.

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Water Storage and Delivery Infrastructure

In this video, Dr. Anne Gold from CU Boulder explains the importance of infrastructure for the storage and delivery of water in the dry Western United States. Learn all about the history of this infrastructure and how it has helped societies in the Western United States. This video is part of the Water in the…

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Native American Tribes and Water

 

In this video, Julie Nania from the High Country Conservation Advocates discusses tribal water uses in the Western United States. Learn more about the historical cultural relationship between Native American tribes and natural water. This video is part of the Water in the Western US lecture series.

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History and Development of Water in the West

Dr. Paul Lander from the University of Colorado Boulder gives a lecture on the history of water resources in the Western United States, from the pre-colonial time period onward. This video is part of the Water in the Western US lecture series.

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Review of the Water Cycle (with a focus on the Western US)

In this video Anne Gold and Eric Gordon give a brief review on the different processes involved in the water cycle, specifically in the Western United States.wa

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Geography of the West

Eric Gordon and Anne Gold give an overview on the geographic features that define the Western United States, both physical and political.

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