Water Resources Management


Instructor: Dr. Indrani Pal

Fulfills requirement: Environmental Policy, Management,
and Finance (EPMF) OR Case Study (CS)
Day: Wednesday
Dates: Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7 (Module 2, 5 sessions)
Time: 6:10 – 8:10 PM
Room location: Schermerhorn Extension 652
Course number: ENVB 0393 N

Course Description

The fragility of water resources under a changing climate and human impacts has received growing attention among policy makers, planning and environmental agencies, stakeholders, and beyond. Water is our new oil and it is not an infinite resource. This course provides an introduction to the science needed to understand water resources management. A range of crucial topics will be covered, including the global water cycle, the linkage between water and climate, and how water is managed and can be managed more sustainably. Using this knowledge, students will conduct case studies to understand and receive hands-on training that can be used to guide water management decisions.

About the Instructor

Dr. Indrani Pal is a Research Assistant Professor and scientist at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Organization (NOAA) Center for Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technologies at City University of New York. She holds an Adjunct Scientist position at Columbia Water Center, and a Lecturer position at the School of Professional Studies (SPS) at Columbia University where she teaches a number of graduate and undergraduate level courses such as Water Resources and Climate, Introduction to Statistics for Ecology, and Evolutionary Biology. Previously, Dr. Pal held an Assistant Professor position at University of Colorado, Denver. Her research focuses on investigating water resources risk, climate variability, and food system instability.

Dr. Pal comes from India with a background in Civil Engineering (India), M. Tech degree in Water Resources Engineering (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi and University of Stuttgart, Germany), an M. Phil in Environmental Engineering Sciences and Sustainability (University of Cambridge, UK) and a PhD in Environmental Engineering Sciences and Sustainability (University of Cambridge, UK). She has received a number of prestigious national and international scholarships throughout in her career from sources such as the Indian Ministry of Human Resources, DAAD from Germany, UK Cambridge Commonwealth Trust, and an Overseas Research Scholarship from the UK. Dr. Pal received her postdoctoral training from the International Research Institute for Climate and Society at The Earth Institute, Columbia University.