Dealing with Drought

Science, Impacts and Strategies to Save Water
Rating: 3.8 out of 5 (243 ratings)
4,303 students
Dealing with Drought
Rating: 3.8 out of 5 (243 ratings)
4,302 students
By the end of this course, you will understand the definitions of drought, and how drought impacts society and the environment.
You will understand historical, current and projected drought trends in the United States.
You will have access to practical tips and tools to help you save water by both changing behavior and creating a more water-efficient home and landscape.

Requirements

  • All you need is an interest in drought!
Description

Droughts are among the most expensive natural disasters, harming agriculture, the economy and human health, and creating ideal conditions for wildfires. The conditions that the western United States is experiencing today may be a taste of the "new normal." By the end of this century, scientists expect droughts to intensify and increase in length and frequency in many regions of the United States. The intensified drought conditions projected under climate change will present challenges for the management of reservoirs, aquifers and other water infrastructure.

In this course, you will learn about drought and its impacts on society and the environment, while gaining practical tips and tools to help you and your family save water. Through videos, quizzes and activities with tips and links to trusted resources, you will learn more about:

  • different types of drought;
  • historical, current and projected drought trends for the United States;
  • the health, financial, social and environmental impacts of drought;
  • how to reduce water use by both changing behavior and creating a more water-efficient home and landscape.

The course uses the current California drought as a case study throughout and draws on expertise and interviews from trusted sources, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense program, the National Drought Mitigation Center, the U.S. Forest Service, NASA, NOAA and others.

Who this course is for:
  • This course is for anyone interested in learning more about drought and its impacts in the United States.
Course content
6 sections • 30 lectures • 2h 6m total length
  • Introduction
    01:26
  • Save Water: Five Things You Can Do Right Now
    01:48
  • Dive Deeper: Get to Know WaterSense
    04:10
  • What is Drought?
    10:09
  • What is Drought?
    3 questions
  • Dive Deeper: Learn More from NASA about Measuring Precipitation
    02:42
  • Activity: Calculate your Water Footprint
    00:38
  • Environmental Impacts of Drought
    07:58
  • Environmental Impacts of Drought
    3 questions
  • Dive Deeper: Learn More from NASA About Freshwater Availability
    02:52
  • Activity: Identify Your Native Plants
    00:50
  • Tips to Go: Saving Water Outside
    1 page
  • Societal Impacts of Drought
    12:34
  • Societal Impacts of Drought
    3 questions
  • Dive Deeper: Water Conservation at the Sacramento Zoo
    05:46
  • Activity: Check for Leaks
    00:39
  • Tips to Go: Save Water at Work
    1 page
  • History of Drought in the United States
    05:46
  • History of Drought in the United States
    3 questions
  • ​Dive Deeper: Learn about the Dust Bowl of the 1930's with NASA
    00:20
  • 21st Century Drought in the United States
    02:44
  • 21st Century Drought in the United States
    3 questions
  • Dive Deeper: Learn About California's 2014 Fire Season with CAL FIRE
    11:54
  • Projected Drought Trends in the United States
    13:54
  • Projected Drought Trends in the United States
    3 questions
  • Dive Deeper: NASA Projects Megadroughts for the American West
    02:43
  • Tips to Go: Save Water in the Kitchen
    1 page
  • Activity: Make a Drought Emergency Kit
    00:36
  • Long-Term Adaptations
    04:44
  • Activity: Build A Rain Barrel
    00:43
  • Activity: Find Rebates to Help You Save Water
    01:15
  • Tips to Go: Save Water in the Bathroom
    1 page
  • Conclusion
    00:56
  • Acronym List
    1 page
  • Reference List
    9 pages
  • Visual Reference List
    15 pages

Instructor
National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)
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  • 8,856 Students
  • 2 Courses

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) is the nation's leading organization in lifelong environmental learning, connecting people to knowledge they use to improve the quality of their lives and the health of the planet. This is achieved by providing knowledge to trusted professionals and other leaders who, with their credibility, amplify messages to national audiences to solve environmental problems. Our vision is that “By 2022, 300 million Americans will actively use environmental knowledge to ensure the well-being of the earth and its people."

NEEF partners with non-profit organizations, businesses, schools and federal agencies that are trusted by the U.S. public and can—through joint ventures with NEEF—credibly convey environmental knowledge to live by. NEEF's programs focus on the four key areas that are priorities for the American public—Weather and Climate, Health, Public Lands, Education.