ESM121 Water Science and Management

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 planning and management, contemporary water resources problems and tools. 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; exercises are developed from real world problems, 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 (California Water 101)
   - Integrated water resources management (IRWM)
   - 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 fundaments 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. Furthermore, students are expected to have the understanding on how to develop a water plan.

Textbooks

- 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. Aditional description of SGMA inplementacion is provided in the BMPs (Best Management Plans)
- Postel, S., and Richter, B., (2003) River's for Life: Managing Water for People and Nature. Island Press. (Free for reading at UC Davis Library).
 

Lectures

4:10 – 4:40 pm Monday and Wednesday. All sessions (Mandatory)
4:40 – 5:00 pm Questions and Answers (Optional)

Lecture/Discussion Remote Access Link : https://ucdavis.zoom.us/j/95102542997

Discussion Sessions

3:10 – 4:00 pm Thursdays (Mandatory). Follow along discussion sessions here.
4:10 – 5:00 pm Thursdays (Mandatory). Follow along discussion sessions here.
5:10 - 6:00 pm Thursdays (Mandatory). Follow along discussion sessions here.

Office Hours

Professor
Samuel Sandoval Solis, 135 Veihmeyer Hall. Email: samsandoval@ucdavis.edu
Office hours: Wednesdays 8:00- 10:00 am.
Request a meeting at: https://calendly.com/samsandoval/office-hours
Other times only by appointment.
 
Teaching Assistants
David Rosas dmrosas@ucdavis.edu
Ramon Saiz rsaiz@ucdavis.edu
Request a meeting through Calendly: 
Tuesday 5 pm to 6 pm
https://calendly.com/ramonsaiz/office-hours-esm-121
Wednesday from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
https://calendly.com/ramonsaiz/office-hours-esm-121
Tuesday 10am to 11am
https://calendly.com/dmrosas/office-hours-esm-121
Friday 1pm to 2pm
https://calendly.com/dmrosas/office-hours-esm-121

Field trips

Hopland Research and Extension Center. Register here Hopland REC tab. Complete this survey before leaving.
(Field trip InstructionsHandouts and Pick up location)

City of Davis and UC Davis Tour. Register here, Davis Bike Tour tab. Complete this survey before leaving.
(Field trip Instructions and Handouts)

Class Assignments

There are 8 class assignments, look at the bottom of this webpage. There are the instructions to join Hydrolearn.

Extra Materials

- Exercise Submission Template
- Term project template, sharing report the document and presentation files, presentation guidelines.
- Study Guide: Midterm and Final Exam 
 

 

 

Instruction Begins Monday March 29, 2021

What's due?

Week

Date

Session

Reading

Homework

Term Project

Introduction to Water Resources Management

     

1

Mon 29 Mar

Discussion of Syllabus and logistics of the class (SyllabusVideo)

     

Wed 31 Mar

Introduction to Water Resources Planning and Management (Presentation, Video 1 and 2)

Rd 1     

Thu 1 Apr

Discussion - Introductions, logistics

     

Water in California and Environmental Flows

     

2

Mon 5 Apr

Principles of Environmental Flows (Video 1 and 2)

 

   

Tue 6 Apr

Homework Due

 

Ex. 1

 

Wed 7 Apr

Water in California (Presentation, Video 1 and 2)

Rd 2     

Thu 8 Apr

Discussion- Project management, log model, assign groups

     

Hydrology 101

     

3

Mon 12 Apr

Hydrology 101  (PresentationHandoutVideo) 

 

   

Tue 13 Apr

Homework Due

 

Ex. 2

 

Wed 14 Apr

Hydrology in California 
(Presentation, Videos: ClimateDroughtValleysFallWinterSpringSummer)

 Rd 3    

Thu 15 Apr

Discussion- How to write an abstract

   

Project management plan

Sat 17 Apr

Field Trip - Half Class (Field trip Instructions and Handouts) Register Here.

   

 

Sun 18 Apr

Field Trip - Half Class (Field trip Instructions and Handouts) Register Here.

     

Water Resources Modeling: Principles of Simulation

     

4

Mon 19 Apr

Water Budgets (PresentationVideoPractice Exercise)

 

   

Tue 20 Apr

Homework Due

 

Ex. 3

 

Wed 21 Apr

Water Resources Modeling & Principles: Simulation (VideoPresentation, Handout)

Rd. 4     

Thu 22 Apr

Discussion- How to literature review

   

Abstract

Water Allocation Systems

     

5

Mon 26 Apr

Water Rights and Water Allocation Systems (Podcast and video) Water Rights handouts: 12, and 3, Handout 1 and 2 , Water Budget Practice Exercise)

  Rd. 5    

Tue 27 Apr

Homework Due

 

Ex. 4

 

Wed 28 Apr

MIDTERM EXAM - ONLY 1st half of the course (Study Guide)

     

Thu 29 Apr

Discussion- Design methodology

   

Literature review

Cost - Benefit Analysis

     

6

Mon 3 May

Role of Scientist in Decision Making (Video)

 

   

Tue 4 May

Homework Due

 

Ex. 5

 

Wed 5 May

Cost Benefit Analysis Part 1 (Presentation, Video)

     

Thu 6 May

UC Davis and City of Davis Bike Tour (Optional) (Field trip Instructions and Handouts) Register Here.

   

Methods

Water Resources Modeling: Principles of Optimization

     

7

Mon 10 May

Cost Benefit Analysis Part 2 (PresentationVideo)

 

   

Tue 11 May

Homework Due

 

Ex. 6

 

Wed 12 May

Principles of Optimization  (PresentationVideo)

     

Thu 13 May

Discussion- Science communication

   

Results

Risk Analysis, Social and Environmental Justice

     

8

Mon 17 May

Environmental and Social Injustice in the Water Sector (Video 1 , 2 and 3)

Rd 6

   

Tue 18 May

Homework Due

 

Ex. 7

 

Wed 19 May

Risk Analysis and Expected Monetary Value  (PresentationVideo)

     

Thu 20 May

Discussion- Term Project Presentation

   

Final report

California Full of Extremes

     

9

Mon 24 May

Droughts and Floods (Drought 101)

 Rd. 7     

Tue 25 May

Homework Due

 

Ex. 8

 

Wed 26 May

ESM 121 - Panel of Alumni

     

Thu 27 May

Discussion - Term Project Presentation

     

Integrated Water Management 

     

10

Mon 31 Jun

No class - Memorial day Holiday

     

Wed 2 Jun

FINAL EXAM - ONLY 2nd half of the course  (Study Guide).

     

Thu 3 Jun

Discussion- Term Project Presentation

     

 

Other recommended Topics: Agriculture and Food System (Video 12 and 3) (Recommended other videos 12, and book)

 

Readings

Assignments

All Sections Thursday 3:10 - 4:00 pm (A02)
Instructions to join Hydrolearn
Thursdays 4:10 - 5:00 pm (A01)
Instructions to join Hydrolearn
Thursdays 5:10 - 6:00 pm (A03)
Rd.1 Rivers for life pp. 5-26, 36-41

Hydrolearn Ex. 1.
Modules: 
-  Introduction (Tutorial)  
- Components of the Water Budget: Introduction Environmental Water Needs (Tutorial, sheet)

Hydrolearn Ex. 1.
Modules: 
-  Introduction (Tutorial)  
- Components of the Water Budget: Introduction Environmental Water Needs (Tutorial, sheet)

Ex. 1: Flow Regime Analysis  (Input Data 1 and 2FFC_Master, and Tutorial)

Rd.2 Rivers for life pp. 45-67

Hydrolearn Ex. 2.
Modules:
- Components of the Water Budget: Urban and Rural Water Demands (Tutorial, sheet)

Hydrolearn Ex. 2.
Modules:
- Components of the Water Budget: Urban and Rural Water Demands (Tutorial, sheet)

Ex. 2: Population and Water Demand  (DataxlsxTutorialVideo)

Rd.3 Hanak et al. pp 15-40

Hydrolearn Ex. 3.
Modules:
- Components of the Water Budget: Agricultural Demand (Tutorial, sheet)

Hydrolearn Ex. 3.
Modules:
- Components of the Water Budget: Agricultural Demand (Tutorial, sheet)

Ex. 3: Water Demand, Conservation & Efficiency  (DataxlsxTutorial, Video: Part 1 & Part 2)

Rd.4 Hanak, Lund et al. pp 41-69

Hydrolearn Ex. 4.
Modules:
- Components of the Water Budget: Water Budget and Water Plan Summary: Baseline Water Budget (Tutorial, sheet)

Hydrolearn Ex. 4.
Modules:
- Components of the Water Budget: Water Budget and Water Plan Summary: Baseline Water Budget (Tutorialsheet)

Ex. 4: Water Budgets (DataxlsxTutorial, Video 12. and 3)

Rd.5 Hanak, Lund et al. pp 71-103

Water Allocation Systems (Tutorial, sheet)

Water Allocation Systems (Tutorial, sheet)

Ex. 5: Simulation Modeling  (Data: 12, & 3TutorialVideo, Download WEAP from Canvas!)

Rd.6 Harter et al. pp 1-34 Cost Benefit Analysis (DataTutorial) Cost Benefit Analysis (DataTutorial) Ex. 6: Cost Benefit Analysis (Data, Tutorial)
Rd.7 Groundwater Sustain. Program pp 4-31 Optimization Modeling (Data and Tutorial) Optimization Modeling (Data and Tutorial)

Ex. 7: Optimization Modeling (Data and Tutorial)

  Risk Analysis and Expected Monetary Value (Tutorial, sheet) Risk Analysis and Expected Monetary Value (Tutorial, sheet)
Ex. 8: Expected Monetary Value (DataTutorial)