Water Resource Systems

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Kanae Shinjiro 
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Spring Semester

Outline of lecture

This subject provides an opportunity to study contemporary major topics in water resource systems, based on the introduction to dynamics, statistics, monitoring, and modeling of terrestrial water cycle on global, regional, and basin scales. Here, water cycle includes the anthropogenic impacts like water withdrawal, reservoir operation, and human-induced climate change. Through the presentation and discussion, participants are expected to obtain perspective for the analysis, design and management of water systems.
Topics covered include,
1. Flood and drought risks
2. Impact of climate change and adaptation to it
3. Water conflict and management
4. Nexus of water, food, and energy
5. Land-use/land-cover change and water cycle
6. Global water issues, regional water issues, water issues specific to Japan


Purpose of lecture

Provide an opportunity to study contemporary topics in hydrology and water resources at the global and regional/river-basin scales. This class also covers social issues on water.Water issues consist of a very important part of global environmental issues and issues related to infrastructure/civil-engineering. In addition, water is one of the most important topics of our society. Also, research outcomes on terrestrial hydrology and water resources are typical modern examples of the application of environmental informatics. This class intends to provide students opportunity to study this particular field of science.
Some of practical objectives are
- to obtain major aspects of advanced/contemporary knowledge on global/regional hydrology and water resources: specifically several topics on global water issues/crisis, the impact of climate change on water cycle, and contemporary water issues of Japan.
- (particularly for Japanese students). to read documents on this subject in English.
- (particularly for Japanese students), to discuss and describe on this subject in English.

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Plan of lecture

There may be some minor changes.
- Guidance
- Uncertainty in climate change projections (Kanae)
- Great floods in Thailand 2011 (Kanae)
- Global water resources assessment (Kanae) , and Determine the corresponding students in charge of each material. (Do not escape after you are allocated to one of the materials.)
- Virtual Water, Water Footprint (Kanae)
- Forest and Water (Kanae)
- Extreme precipitation and adaptation measures (Kanae)
- Material (on one of major advanced topics in this subject) No.1
- Material No.2
- Material No.3
- Material No.4
- Material No.5
- Material No.6縲
- Overall summary

Textbook and reference

Material papers are distributed and/or introduced in the class.

Related and/or prerequisite courses

No specific one. But, I would recommend you to take water-related lectures and classes in the department of civil engineering and also in related departments.


Small assignment (submission of short paper), almost every week (about 80%). Group presentation and discussion-leadership (about 20%). Details will be introduced at the first day of the class.

Comments from lecturer

Completely done in English. Active participation of each student is expected. Students need to read, listen, speak, discuss, and write.

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