ESM121

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; 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)
   - 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 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. 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 – 4:30 pm Monday and Wednesday. All sessions (Mandatory)
4:30 – 5:00 pm Questions and Answers (Optional)

Zoom: https://ucdavis.zoom.us/j/575844532
 

Office Hours

Professor
Samuel Sandoval Solis, 135 Veihmeyer Hall. Email: samsandoval@ucdavis.edu
Office hours: Thursdays 8:00- 10:00 am.
Request a meeting at: https://calendly.com/samsandoval/office-hours
Other times only by appointment.
 
Teaching Assistants
Alyssa DeVincentis ajdevincentis@ucdavis.edu
Daisy Guitron dguitron@ucdavis.edu
Request a meeting through Calendly: 
Office Hours: Monday 1:00 - 3:00 pm
  From 1 to 2 pm: https://calendly.com/ajdevincentis
  From 2 to 3 pm: https://calendly.com/dguitron
 

Field trip

Canceled this year 
 (Field trip Instructions and Handouts)

 

 Extra Materials

- Exercise Submission template
- Term project template
- Study Guide: Midterm and Final Exam 

 

 

Instruction Begins Monday March 1, 2020

What's due?

Week

Date

Session

Reading

Homework

Term Project

Hydrology 101

     

1

Mon 30 Mar

Discussion of Syllabus and logistics of the class (SyllabusVideo)

     

Wed 1 Apr

Hydrology 101  (Presentation, Handout, Video)

     

Thu 2 Apr

Discussion - Introductions, logistics

     

Introduction to Water Resources Management

     

2

Mon 6 Apr

Hydrology in California (Presentation, Videos: Climate, Drought, Valleys, Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer)

Rd 1

   

Tue 7 Apr

Homework Due

 

Ex. 1

 

Wed 8 Apr

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

     

Thu 9 Apr

Discussion- Project management, log model, assign groups

     

Water Allocation Systems

     

3

Mon 13 Apr

 Water in California (Presentation, Video 1 and 2)

Rd 2

   

Tue 14 Apr

Homework Due

 

Ex. 2

 

Wed 15 Apr

Water Budgets (PresentationVideoPractice Exercise)

     

Thu 16 Apr

Discussion- How to write an abstract

   

Project management plan

Water Resources Modeling: Principles of Simulation

     

4

Mon 20 Apr

Water Resources Modeling & Principles: Simulation (Video, Presentation, Handout)

Rd 3

   

Tue 21 Apr

Homework Due

 

Ex. 3

 

Wed 22 Apr

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

     

Thu 23 Apr

Discussion- How to literature review

   

Abstract

Water Resources Modeling: Principles of Optimization

     

5

Mon 27 Apr

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

     

Tue 28 Apr

Homework Due

 

Ex. 4

 

Wed 29 Apr

Principles of Optimization  (Presentation, Video)

     

Thu 30 Apr

Discussion- Design methodology

   

Literature review

Cost - Benefit Analysis

     

6

Mon 4 May

Agriculture and Food System (Video 1, 2 and 3) (Recommended other videos 12, and book) - May the forth be with you!

Rd. 4

   

Tue 5 May

Homework Due

 

Ex. 5

 

Wed 6 May

Cost Benefit Analysis (Presentation, Video)

     

Thu 7 May

Discussion- Writing tips

   

Methods

Risk Analysis

     

7

Mon 11 May

Cost Benefit Analysis (PresentationVideo)

Rd. 5

   

Tue 12 May

Homework Due

 

Ex. 6

 

Wed 13 May

Risk Analysis and Expected Monetary Value  (PresentationVideo)

     

Thu 14 May

Discussion- Science communication

   

Results

Environmental Flows

     

8

Mon 18 May

Principles of Environmental Flows (Video 1 and 2)

Rd 6

   

Tue 19 May

Homework Due

 

Ex. 7

 

Wed 20 May

Environmental Justice  (Video 1 , 2 and 3)

     

Thu 21 May

Discussion- Term Project Presentation

   

Final report

Water Management Experiences

     

9

Mon 25 May

No class - Memorial Day Holiday

     

Tue 26 May

Homework Due

 

Ex. 8

 

Wed 27 May

 Role of Scientist in Decision Making (Video)

Rd. 7     

Thu 28 May

Discussion - Term Project Presentation

     

Integrated Water Management 

     

10

Mon 1 Jun

FINAL EXAM - ONLY 2nd half of the course  (Study Guide) Available in Canvas from 8 am Jun/1 to 8 am Jun/3.

     

Wed 3 Jun

Panel of Alumni

     

Thu 4 Jun

Discussion- Term Project Presentation

     

 

 

Readings

Assignments

Rd.1 Hanak et al. pp 15-40 Ex. 1: Population and Water Demand  (Data, xlsxTutorial, Video)

Rd.2 Hanak, Lund et al. pp 41-69

Ex. 2: Water Demand, Conservation & Efficiency  (Data, xlsxTutorial, Video: Part 1 & Part 2)
Rd.3 Hanak, Lund et al. pp 71-103 Ex. 3: Water Budgets (Data, xlsxTutorial, Video 1. 2. and 3)
Rd.4 Rivers for life pp. 5-26, 36-41 Ex. 4: Simulation Modeling  (Data: 1, 2, & 3, Tutorial, Video, Download WEAP from Canvas!)
Rd.5 Rivers for life pp. 45-67 Ex. 5: Optimization Modeling (Data and Tutorial)
Rd.6 Groundwater Sustain. Program pp 4-31 Ex. 6: Cost Benefit Analysis (Data, Tutorial)
Rd.7 Harter et al. pp 1-34 Ex. 7: Expected Monetary Value (Data, Tutorial)
  Ex. 8: Flow Regime Analysis  (Data, Tutorial, IHA Software - Download it from the internet or Canvas!) For Mac computer users (Input Data 1 and 2, FFC_Master, and Tutorial)