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Desalination as a Source of Fresh Water

American Geosciences Institute

About This Course

Fresh water is an increasingly scarce resource in an increasingly populous and water-intensive world. Maintaining an adequate supply of fresh water both nationally and globally will be one of the largest challenges of the 21st century. Desalination of salty water – from both the ocean and the ground – represents a huge potential source of fresh water. The development of this resource requires a combination of geoscience, engineering, waste management, policy, and community outreach and participation.

This course will focus on current and potential future desalination technologies, desalination of seawater in coastal areas, desalination of salty groundwater in inland regions, and how these efforts are shaped by policy and community engagement.

This course is based on the AGI Critical Issues webinar “Desalination as a Source of Fresh Water” that was co-sponsored by the National Ground Water Association, Association of Environmental & Engineering Geologists, and the International Association of Hydrogeologists: United States National Chapter.

This is an asynchronous short-course that contains videos, resources for learning more, and a set of questions in each section to help facilitate learning. An asynchronous course is a course that can be done on your own time. Feel free to pause, take a break, and come back to your saved progress to continue with the course. There is no deadline for completion of this course.

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Course Objectives

Students are expected to learn the following when they take this course:

  • Why desalination is being considered as a source of freshwater for public supply.
  • How desalination is being used as a resource for different industries, including public water supply.
  • Costs and benefits of different desalination technologies, and options for disposal of brine concentrate.
  • Regulatory and legal issues that impact the production and use of brackish groundwater in Texas.

Requirements

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course Staff

American Geosciences Institute staff serve as the facilitators for this course. If you have questions at any time during this course, you can email your questions to goli@americangeosciences.org.

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    AGI003
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