The following water-related courses will be offered during the Spring 2014 academic semester:

ENST 259:  Coral Reef Ecology & Management – A 1 credit hour course with on campus for lectures before and after Spring Break. During Spring Break, the entire class flies down to St. John in the US Virgin Islands to study the reef system more closely.

St. John is the smallest of the US Virgin Islands, reachable by ferry from St. Thomas. Over 60% of its land area is National Park, and the island’s development is concentrated at the west end near Cruz Bay, though there are also smaller towns like Coral Bay on the eastern side of the island. In years past, we stayed at the Cinnamon Bay Campground on the north end of the island. We visit all of the island’s best snorkeling spots, like Waterlemon Cay, Haulover Bay, Salt Pond, and Lameshur Bay during the day, and we try to do several night snorkels, as well.

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Wed 5-5:50; Greg Gangi

ENVR 412: Ecological Microbiology – A description of microbial populations and communities, the environmental processes they influence, and how they can be controlled to the benefit of humankind.

 T/Th 11/12:15; Jill Stewart

ENVR 415: Marine Biogeochemistry – Prerequisites, CHEM 251 or 261, MATH 231, PHYS 105 or 117. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisites. Principles of chemistry, biology, and geology are applied to analysis of the fate and transport of materials in environmental systems, with an emphasis on those materials that form the most significant cycles. Three lecture hours and one laboratory hour a week.

T/Th 11-12:15; Christopher Martens

ENVR 417: Oceanography (BIOL 350) – Required preparation, major in a natural science or two courses in natural sciences. Studies origin of ocean basins, seawater chemistry and dynamics, biological communities, sedimentary record, and oceanographic history. Term paper. Students lacking science background should see MASC 101. No credit for MASC 401 after receiving credit for MASC 101

T/Th 3:30-4:45; Andreas Teske

ENVR 421: Environmental Health Microbiology – Required preparation, introductory course in microbiology or permission of the instructor. Presentation of the microbes of public health importance in water, food, and air, including their detection, occurrence, transport, and survival in the environment; epidemiology and risks from environmental exposure. Two lecture and two laboratory hours per week.

T/Th 2-3:15; Mark Sobsey

ENVR 685: Water and Sanitation Policy in Lesser Developed Countries (PLAN 685) – Requires permission of the instructor. Seminar on policy and planning approaches for providing improved community water and sanitation services in developed countries. Topics include the choice of appropriate technology and level of service, pricing, metering, and connection charges; cost recovery and targeting subsidies to the poor; water venting; community participation in the management and operation of water systems; and rent-seeking behavior in the provision of water supplies.

Fri 9-11:45; Dale Whittington

ENVR 756: Physical/Chemical Treatment Processes – Prerequisites, ENVR 419 and 451. Principles of disinfection, oxidation, coagulation, precipitation, sedimentation, filtration, adsorption, ion exchange, and membrane processes; applications to water and wastewater treatment. Three lecture hours per week.

T/Th 2-3:15; Orlando Coronell Nieto

ENVR 781: Water Resource Planning and Policy (PLAN 781) – Water resources planning and management. Federal and state water resources policies. Analytical skills to identify environmental problems associated with urban water resources development.

T/Th 12:30-1:45; David Moreau

ENVR 890.003 Urban Water Services Planning and Design – While every city or town is unique, urban water services around the world nevertheless meet common basic requirements through similar infrastructure.  Rainfall, groundwater and runoff don’t always yield the quantities we want, when or where we want them, and when water is piped into a home, it needs to be safely removed and returned to the environment.  All towns need drainage from excess rainfall.  Much water engineering therefore deals with the planning and design of works for the transport and storage of water for water supply, sewerage, and storm drainage.  This course presents the engineering principles behind such work.  There is a strong focus on water supply for the first two thirds of the course.  Students will acquire the skills to assess the capacity and functionality of a piped water supply system and to develop and consider options for its improvement under a range of conditions.  While the OWASA system has been chosen for its relevance, proximity, and the available data, the instructor will point out similarities and differences with systems in the developing world.  Water treatment is not included in this course. Sewerage and drainage will be covered in the latter part of the course, including flow estimation and system planning and design.

Students will work in groups to prepare technical analyses of the various components of the OWASA system, and submit individual chapters of an engineering report dealing with each of these components.  As in engineering practice, the report chapters will be both clear and concise, but will be backed up by extensive technical computations, (which will also be submitted.)

This course is intended to help students learn how to:

Assess the functionality and capacity of a public water supply system under varying conditions,

Identify and develop technical options to improve any shortcomings identified,

Work collaboratively on real-world engineering problems with insufficient data,

Distill and present technical findings in a clear and convincing way,

Understand and apply the principles of sewerage and drainage planning and design

Engineering chapters count for 50% of the course credit, a mid-term counts for 15%, and the final exam counts for 35%.

Prerequisite: some exposure to hydraulics, e.g. as covered by ENVR 890.004 this past autumn.   Undergraduates welcome, with permission of the instructor.

Mon/Wed/Fri 1-1:50, McGavran-Greenberg 1304; Pete Kolsky

Course Number: 6977 (Please be sure to select correct number of credit hours — 3.0)

GEOG 441: Introduction to Watershed Systems – Introduction to the hydrologic and geomorphic processes and forms in watersheds as applied to problems in flood analysis, water quality, and interactions with ecosystem processes. Course will cover the structure of drainage networks, nested catchments, and distribution and controls of precipitation, evaporation, runoff, soil, and groundwater flow. Prerequisite, GEOG 110.

Mon/Wed 2-3:15; Diego Riveros-Iregui

GEOL 433: Paleo-oceanography – Prerequisite, GEOL 402 or 503. Permission of the instructor for students lacking the prerequisite. Origin and distribution of pelagic sediments. Review of the major Mesozoic and Cenozoic events in the world oceans. Glacial/interglacial changes in the ocean/atmosphere system.

T/Th 9:30-10:45; Joel Hudley

GEOL 508:  Applied Hydrology (Hydroclimatology) – Hydroclimatology is the study of interaction between climate and the global water cycle. An understanding of how climate affects precipitation, evaporation, river flow, and other hydrologic variables is essential for management of water resources and predictions of future climate change impacts. We will start by developing a physical understanding of the global water cycle and its relationship to energy transport. We will then examine how seasonal, annual, and longer-term variations in climate drive the storage and movement of water around the world. The course will be divided between a lecture format and seminar-style discussion of the latest advances in understanding and monitoring the Earth’s climate and hydrology.

Mon/Wed/Fri 9-9:50; Tamlin Pavelsky

SPCL 400.304: A Cultural Biography of Water – In this course, students will trace how people have expressed their relationship to water through various mediums, across different cultures and time periods. While examining characterizations of water as a sacred element, a creative impetus, a basic human right, and an endangered resource, students will consider the extent to which cultural representations of water are influenced by different phenomenological experiences, religious beliefs, scientific findings, and aesthetic movements. Material covered will include conceptions of water in Christianity and Hinduism, representations of water in the visual, literary, and performing arts, and depictions of water in social media. The course will also have an NC component by incorporating local guest speakers and trips to nearby aquatic sites.

Wed 3-4:50, Graham Memorial 038

Water-Related Research

The Water Institute at UNC –


The Institute for the Environment at UNC –


The Global Research Institute at UNC –

Center for Global Initiatives at UNC –


The Institute of Marine Sciences at UNC –


UNC Center for Galapagos Studies –


UNC Coastal Studies Institute –


Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation, and Resources –


The Environmental Finance Center at UNC –


RENCI (Renaissance Computing Institute at UNC) –