Courses – Introduction to Hydrology


Introduction to Hydrology (Fall)

Study of the hydrologic
cycle and relevant atmospheric processes, water and energy balance,
radiation, precipitation formation, infiltration, evaporation,
vegetation transpiration, groundwater flow, storm runoff, and flood

151: Introduction to Water Resources
Engineering (Winter)

Principles of hydraulics, flow of water
in open channels and pressure conduits, reservoirs and dams, hydraulic
machinery, hydroelectric power. Introduction to system analysis and
design applied to water resources engineering.

Hydrologic Analysis and Design (Spring)

compilation, and interpretation of data for quantification of the
components of the hydrologic cycle, including precipitation,
evaporation, infiltration, and runoff. Use of hydrologic variables and
parameters for development, construction, and application of analytical
models for selected problems in hydrology and water resources.


Surface Water Hydrology (Fall)

In-depth study of surface
water hydrology, including discussion and interrelationship of major
topics such as rainfall and evaporation, soils and infiltration
properties, runoff and snowmelt processes. Introduction to
rainfall-runoff modeling, floods, and policy issues involved in water
resource engineering and management.

250B: Groundwater
Hydrology (Winter)

Theory of movement and occurrence of
water in subterranean aquifers. Steady flow in confined and unconfined
aquifers. Mechanics of wells; steady and unsteady radial flows in
confined and unconfined aquifers. Theory of leaky aquifers. Parameter
estimation. Seawater intrusion. Numerical methods. Applications.

Hydrometeorology (Winter)

In-depth study of
hydrometeorological processes. The role of hydrology in the climate
system, precipitation and evaporation processes, atmospheric radiation,
exchange of mass, heat, and momentum between the soil and vegetation
surface and the overlying atmosphere, flux and transport in the
turbulent boundary layer, basic remote sensing principles

Water Resources Systems Engineering (Winter)

Application of
mathematical programming techniques to water resource systems. Topics
include reservoir management and operation, optimal timing, sequencing
and sizing of water resources projects, and multiobjective planning and
conjunctive use of surface water and groundwater. Emphasis is on the
management of water quantity.

251A: Rainfall-Runoff
Modeling (Spring alternating years)

Introduction to
hydrologic modeling concepts, including rainfall-runoff analysis, input
data, uncertainty analysis, lumped and distributed modeling, parameter
estimation and sensitivity analysis, and the application of models for
flood forecasting and prediction of streamflows in water resource

251B: Land Surface Remote Sensing and Data
Assimilation (Spring alternating years)

Introduction to the
basic concepts of remote sensing, how these measurements are related to
hydrologically relevant parameters like topography, soil moisture, snow
properties, vegetation, precipitation, etc., and introduction to basic
concepts of estimation theory (weighted least squares, maximum
likelihood, Bayesian estimation, etc.) for the purposes of hydrologic
data assimilation.

251C: Mathematical Modeling of
Contaminant Transport in Groundwater (Spring)

Phenomena and
mechanisms of hydrodynamic dispersion, governing equations of mass
transport in porous media, various analytical and numerical solutions,
determination of dispersion parameters by laboratory an field
experiments, coupled multiphase pollution problems, computer programs
and applications.

252: Economic Analysis of Water and
Environmental Planning (Fall)

Economic theory and
applications in analysis and management of water and environmental
problems; application of price theory to water resource management and
renewable resources; benefit-cost analysis with applications to water
resources and environmental planning. Letter grading.

Selected Topics in Water Resources

Review of recent
research and developments in water resources. Water supply and
hydrology, global climate change, economic planning, optimization of
water resources development.

260: Advanced Topics in
Hydrology and Water Resources (Spring)

Current research
topics in inverse problem of parameter estimation, experimental design,
conjunctive use of surface and groundwater, multiobjective water
resources planning, and optimization of water resource systems. Topics
may vary from term to term.