Nandita Basu

Assistant Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering
Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Waterloo

Courses taught at University of Iowa

Groundwater CE 053:102

The course objective is to gain an understanding of the field of groundwater quantity, quality, and remediation including: groundwater flow systems and their hydrogeologic settings, groundwater quality problems, contaminant reactions and transport in the subsurface, and remediation of contaminated groundwater. The course emphasizes quantitative aspects of groundwater analysis and engineering solutions. It prepares the student for consulting engineering or further research into groundwater analysis.>>more

Water Resources Sustainability CE 053:195

There is a growing demand for freshwater resources to provide drinking water for the growing population, while there is also increasing recognition that functionally intact and biologically complex freshwater ecosystems provide many economically valuable commodities and ecosystem services to society beyond simply direct water supply. These services include: flood control, transportation, recreation, purification of human and industrial wastes, habitat for plants and animals, and production of fish and other foods and marketable goods. These ecosystem benefits are often difficult and costly to replace when aquatic systems are degraded because of adverse human impacts. Thus, competing societal needs and combined pressures from multiple stakeholders define and constrain sustainable water resource management.

This course is intended primarily for graduate students who are interested in the interactions between human civilization and hydrologic systems. This course describes human impacts on hydrologic ecosystems (aquifers, watersheds, coastal zones, lakes, and wetlands) with quantitative measures of impacts and mitigation/attenuation efforts, and addresses key questions: What does water resources sustainability mean? How can it be measured? How can it be implemented? Case studies from around the world will be used to illustrate both the detrimental effects of unsustainable resource utilization, and the benefits of implementing sustainable resource management strategies. >>more