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GEOG2037 Global Water Resources

Module Overview

Water has played a key role in shaping the way humans have evolved and how we have in turn shaped our environment. This module will focus on how water resources enables and constrains our activities and wellbeing, and those of the natural ecosystems. We will look at these issues from the perspective of global to regional water supply and demand, how we measure these and how they are changing. It will include analysis and interpretation of water resources and their sustainability using some GIS and basic remote sensing, aimed at current and future satellite missions. Total study hours: 150 (30 Contact, 120 non-contact)

Aims and Objectives

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • To appreciate the breadth and complexity of water related issues and their impacts
  • To be familiar with the latest technologies and frameworks for ameliorating or mitigating global water resources change impacts, their pros and cons and the ethical issues behind their implementation.
  • To appreciate the role of policy in driving and mitigating water resources change, and developing technologies for adaptation to current and future changes.
  • To develop computer-based analysis skills for understanding temporal and spatial patterns and changes in the water cycle, water resources and hydrological hazards.
  • To be familiar with the science of hydrology and its role in understanding water resources and hydrological hazards
  • To understand the large-scale climate drivers of the water cycle and how this may change in the future
  • To understand the role of humans in forcing changes in the hydrological cycle and water resources, how change affects human security and how we have adapted to it in the past.


This module covers the science behind global water and change (hydrological processes, climate variability and change; natural disasters such as floods and droughts), human aspects of change (water crises and conflict; water, agriculture and food security; water-energy sustainability; water and health) and technology and policy issues relating to mitigation and adaptation (water resources engineering; agricultural development; water trade; water conflict).

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, seminars, computer practical sessions.

Independent Study114
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Software requirements: ArcGIS, Excel. 



MethodPercentage contribution
A lab report 30%
Essay/report 20%
Exam  (2 hours) 50%


MethodPercentage contribution
Exam 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Co-requisite: GEOG2010 or ENVS2008

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