ESM 121: Water Science and Management

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ESM-121 Water Science and Management (CRN 43460 and 43461) is a class that teaches fundamental methods of water resources management, contemporary water resources problems, and tools for water resources planning and management. The course is divided into three sections: (1) theory, (2) practice through useful and quantitative exercises, and (3) real world experience, 1 hour per week each. In the real world experience section; guest speakers come to the classroom (such as water managers, practitioners, decision makers and experts from multiple disciplines), give a lecture and share their vision and challenges on water resources management.

Topics in this course include:
   - Fundamental concepts of hydrology (hydrology 101)
   - History of water in California
   - Integrated water resources management (IRWM)
   - Shared vision planning and sustainable water resources systems
   - Conservation of mass (continuity equation) and water budgets
   - Water resources modeling: simulation and optimization model
   - Cost-Benefit Analysis
   - Surface water and groundwater storage management
   - Environmental water management
   - Risk analysis
   - Climate Change

As the instructor of this class, Dr. Samuel Sandoval Solis designed this class based on three pillars for integral education in water resources management: (1) theoretical fundament of hydrology and water resources management, (2) tools to apply the theory, and (3) meaningful real world experience. By the end of the class, students are expected to have a thorough conceptual and quantitative understanding of water resources management.  


- Hanak, E., Lund, J., Dinar, A., Gray, B., Howitt, R., Mount, J., Moyle, P., Thompson, B. (2011). Managing California's Water: From Conflict to Reconciliation. Public Policy Institute of California. San Francisco, California.
- Harter, T., Lund, J. (2012). Addressing Nitrate in California's Drinking Water with a Focus on Tulare Lake Basin and Salinas Valley Groundwater. Executive Report. Center for Watershed Sciences. University of California, Davis. Davis, California. 
- California Department of Water Resources (2015). Groundwater Sustainability Program: Strategic Plan. Sacramento, California.
- Postel, S., and Richter, B., (2003) River's for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature. Island Press. (You need to buy this book)

Extra Materials

- Exercise Submission template
- Templates for Term project Abstract/Idea, Midterm Report and Final Report
- Study Guide: Midterm and Final Exam

ESM-121 Water Science and Management
(Spring 2017)



Date Session Due Date
Hydrology 101
Mon 3 Apr Introduction to ESM-121 (Syllabus (1) )  
Wed 5 Apr Hydrology 101 (Presentation, Handout)  
Thu 6 Apr Ex. 1: Population and water demand (Data, Tutorial, Video)  
Introduction to Water Resources Management 
Mon 10 Apr Introduction to WRPM & Water in California (Presentation)  Rd.1
Wed 12 Apr Ex. 2: Wat. Demand, Wat. Conserv. & Efficiency (DataTutorial, Video: Part 1 & Part 2)  Ex 1
Thu 13 Apr Field Work at Russell Field (near UCD tennis courts)  
Sat 15 Apr Field Trip. Hopland Research and Extension Center  
Sun 16 Apr Field Trip. Hopland Research and Extension Center  
Water Budgets
Mon 17 Apr Water Budgets - Inflows, Outflow, Change in Storage (Handout)  Rd.2
Wed 19 Apr Water Resources Modeling & Principles (Presentation, Handout and Water Rights)  Ex 2
Thu 20 Apr Ex. 3: Water Budget (Data, Tutorial) Term Proj. Abstract, Members
Water Resources Modeling: Principles of Simulation
Mon 24 Apr Romain Maendly-Department of aWater Resources  
Wed 26 Apr Simulation Modeling (Presentation) and Ex 4  Ex 3
Thu 27 Apr

Ex. 4: Simulation modeling (Data: 1, 2, & 3, Tutorial, Video, Download WEAP from Canvas!)

Water Resources Modeling: Principles of Optimization
Mon 1 May Principles of Optimization (Presentation). Q&A for Exam (Study Guide) Ex 4 
Wed 3 May MIDTERM EXAM - ONLY 1st half of the course (Study Guide)  
Thu 4 May Principles of Optimization Modeling. Exercise 5 (Data, Tutorial, Open Solver - Download it from Canvas!)  Midterm Report
Environmental Water Resources Management
Mon 8 May Principles of Environmental Flows  Rd.4
Wed 10 May Cost Benefit Analysis (Presentation)   Rd.5
Thu 11 May Flows & Ex. 6: Flow Regime Analysis (Data, Text, IHA - Download it from Canvas!) Ex 5
Cost - Benefit Analysis
Mon 15 May Cost Benefit Analysis   Rd.6
Wed 17 May Sean White -Water and Wastewater-City of Ukiah (Presentation)  
Thu 18 May Ex. 7: Cost Benefit Analysis (DataText) Ex 6
Risk Analysis
Mon 22 May Risk Analysis and Expected Monetary Value (Presentation)  
Wed 24 May Tamara Alaniz-Russian River Flood Control (Presentation) Ex 7 
Thu 25 May Ex. 8: Expected Monetary Value (Data, Text) & Term Project Presentations  
Climate Change and Integrated Water Resources Management
Mon 29 May Holiday, Memorial Day   
Wed 31 May Water Management Case Study: SGMA   Rd.7
Thu 1 Jun Term Project Presentation Ex 8
Term project Presentations
Mon 5 Jun Water Management Case Study: Environmental Flows(Belize Lane)  
Wed 7 Jun Panel of Alumni  
Thu 8 Jun Term Project Presentation Final Report
Fri 9 Jun FINAL EXAM at 3:30 pm - ONLY 2nd half of the course (Study Guide)  




Rd.1 Hanak et al. pp 15-40 Ex. 1: Population and Water Demand

Rd.2 Hanak, Lund et al. pp 41-69

Ex. 2: Water Demand, Conservation & Efficiency
Rd.3 Hanak, Lund et al. pp 71-103 Ex. 3: Water Budgets
Rd.4 Rivers for life pp. 5-26, 36-41 Ex. 4: Simulation Modeling
Rd.5 Rivers for life pp. 45-67 Ex. 5: Optimization Modeling
Rd.6 Groundwater Sustain. Progr. pp 4-31 Ex. 6: Flow Regime Analysis
Rd.7 Harter et al. pp 1-34 Ex. 7: Cost Benefit Analysis
  Ex. 8: Expected Monetary Value