ENVE4402 Hydrology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
The aim of this unit is to gain a quantitative knowledge of hydrologic processes across a range of space and time scales. Topics covered include (1) physical laws governing the catchment water balance at large scale, catchment energy balance and conversion to mass balance, calculation of evapotranspiration and estimation from satellite data; (2) introduction to runoff processes—the flood hydrograph and flood frequency analysis, variable source area runoff concepts and calculation; (3) unsaturated zone hydrology—Richards equation, unsaturated flow and transport parameter identification, scale issues and preferential flow; (4) groundwater flow—general principles and estimation of recharge and discharge, groundwater-surface water interactions, identification and quantification of fluxes in groundwater-dependent ecosystems; and (5) introduction to ecohydrology and quantification of vegetative feedbacks in hydrologic processes.
Students are able to (1) use figures and text to demonstrate their knowledge of hydrology; (2) communicate an understanding of hydrologic processes in a precise and logical fashion; (3) perform a laboratory experiment to discover knowledge pertaining to unsaturated zone hydrology; (4) use enquiry-based thinking to investigate components of the hydrologic cycle; (5) quantitatively describe how the flood hydrograph develops in catchments of various scales and morphologies; (6) explain the key controls on groundwater fluxes and how to determine groundwater recharge and discharge; (7) discuss the influence of scale in the conceptual representation of hydrologic processes; (8) apply a knowledge of flood forecasting to estimate how climate change scenarios affect the frequency and magnitude of extreme runoff events; and (9) measure key hydrologic variables in the field (including precipitation, stream gauging, unsaturated zone transport and evapotranspiration).
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment with group component and (2) individual assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is only available in this unit in the case of a student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Liah Coggins
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Environmental Engineering Specialisation
Civil Engineering Specialisation); for pre-2012 courses: none
for pre-2012 courses: (MATH2209 Calculus and Probability
MATH2040 Engineering Mathematics
MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2)
(ENVE2603 Introduction to Environmental Hydrology
ENVT2251 Environmental Hydrology and Water Resource Management)
Advisable prior study:
Civil specialisation: MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2; Environmental specialisation: None
ENVE3603 Quantitative Environmental Hydrology
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]

Ladson, A. Hydrology: an Australian Introduction: Oxford University Press 2008

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