Geosciences (GEOS)

GEOS 564. Hydrology3 Units

Term Typically Offered: Fall Only

Prerequisite(s): GEOS 200 or GEOS 301.

Description: Advanced study of the hydrologic cycle, drainage basin analysis, stream flow and flooding, pollution and utilization of water resources.

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GEOS 565. Natural Hazards3 Units

Prerequisite(s): GEOS 200 or GEOS 301.

Description: Environmental significance of natural hazards and risk assessment methods. A discussion of earthquakes, flooding, landslides/expansive soil, and volcanic eruptions. Hazards reduction and mitigation strategies.

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GEOS 570. Water Resource Management3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: Water resources form a critical component of any socioeconomic or environmental system. This course provides an analysis of water resource issues impacting these systems including flood and drought hazards, surface and groundwater quantity/quality issues, and energy development. Water legislation and policy aspects are further integrated with these issues at various spatial scales, including case studies from within the US and across international boundaries that lead to conflict. At the outcome of this course students will develop a basic water resource management plan for a watershed in Kentucky.

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GEOS 571. GIS and Water Resources3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: A study of the application of Geographic Information Science techniques in water resources research and management including: digital mapping of water resources, watershed delineation and modeling atmospheric, surface and groundwater processes.

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GEOS 590. Selected Topics in Geosciences3 Units

Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Description: A detailed investigation of some restricted topic of geology or related discipline. Topic to be announced in Schedule of Courses.

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GEOS 663. Climate and Environmental Change3 Units

Description: Global and regional climate change is one of the most pressing issues of our time. In its evolution, the science of climate change has employed a great diversity of techniques to unravel the Earth's climate history on multiple time scales. To this end there now exists a considerable body of knowledge as to the magnitudes and rates of climate and environmental change. However, while the physical basis of the global climate system and its variation are well resolved, there is debate as to the nature of human intervention in the global climate system and consequences of climate change on the natural and human-made environment. As time moves forward toward issues connected to all facets of climate change will become increasingly important particularly in terms of human occupancy and the sustainability of the planet. What is currently missing from debates connected to climate change is an agreed upon understanding the linkages between the physical basis of the global climate system and its connection to human affairs. This deficiency is consequential as the debate has how moved squarely into the public consciousness as a political, economic and social agenda the outcome of which will have a profound effect upon climate policy.

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GEOS 691. Research and Independent Study1-5 Units

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