College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley


December 17, 2012

Spring 2013 | California Water and Society
Spring 2013 | GIS Workshops at CCSF
Spring 2013 | A Global Perspective on Vision

Spring 2013 | California Water and Society

Energy and Resources Course, Spring 2013

ER 190/290 (CC# 27386), Tu/Th 3:30-5, 3 units, 166 Barrows
Prof. Richard B. Norgaard, Julian Fulton, GSI

California has had a unique historical relationship with water among U.S. states. With the temporal
variability of its Mediterranean climate, combined with the geographic variability of its rainy north and desert south, management and manipulation of water flows have been imperative to California's path from early settlement to the most populous state in the nation, and its place among the largest economies in the world. The story of water development in California provides compelling examples of water politics, the social and environmental consequences of redistributing water, and the relationships between water uses, energy, and climate.

This course provides the historical, scientific, legal, institutional, and economic background needed to understand the social and ecological challenges of providing water for California’s growing population, agricultural economy, and other uses - all of which are made more complex by climate change. The first half of the course looks at the history of water storage, conveyance, and use for agriculture, industry, and domestic purposes for the state as a whole, including the problems of maintaining water quality. The second half of the course stresses the difficulties of conveying water through the Sacramento–San Joaquin Delta for use in southern California while also protecting the Delta ecosystem and providing other benefits for northern California.

This is a lecture-style course with extensive readings, a midterm, three short essays, and a final exam. There will also be a mandatory field trip. Professor Norgaard, an economist by training, has rafted California’s rivers, including several now under reservoirs, testified in Federal Court on the benefits and costs of New Melones Dam, advised the Department of Water Resources, and is currently Chair of the Delta Independent Science Board. Julian Fulton is a PhD candidate in the Energy and Resources Group with a background in hydrology and international development.

Spring 2013 | GIS Workshops at CCSF

The GIS Education Center offers short courses in Geographic Information Systems, providing valuable skills and projects on making your own maps, demographic analysis, and data visualization.

To learn an overview of GIS, visit our online introductory video:

- Short courses for working professionals and students
- 1 year license to ArcGIS 10.1 and online courses are provided with most workshops

Spring 2013 Offerings

GIS Quick Start (introductory)
GIS II: Vector & Raster Analysis
GIS Data Management & Visualization
GIS for Urban Planning & Healthy Neighborhoods*

*This Spring students enrolling in GIS for Urban Planning & Healthy Neighborhoods will have acces to Esri's Community Analyst Online. This online tool provides a simple interface to map several thousand demographic variables and it is easy to analyze students own data complete with custom reports to download.

Visit for dates, fees, and descriptions.

Early registration Discount is available.

Spring 2013 | A Global Perspective on Vision

Are you interested in global public health and medicine? Would you want to get mentorship by a surgeon who is active in international surgery? Are you interested in getting hands on public health interventions to better eye health in the Berkeley community? Then take the seminar course, "A Global Perspective on Vision" this Spring, 2 Units PH 292-011. The CCN is 76318 and the course is held in 102 Latimer on Thursdays 4-6pm. This course will explore the medical and public health dimensions of visual disorders in an innovative and dynamic way. The class will include discussions, presentations, innovative class projects, as well as opportunities to participate in actual public health interventions to combat trachoma, river blindness, cataract and other eye diseases discussed in class. All inquires and questions about the class will be answered via email at