ENVE4402 Hydrology

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Online timetabled 100% Online Unit. NO campus face-to-face attendance is required to complete this unit. All study requirements are online only. Unit includes some synchronous components, with a requirement for students to participate online at specific times.
Content
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.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) quantify water in different phases and environmental states; (2) use conservation of mass to derive and solve governing equations for water flow and storage in different states, and connect these equations and solutions to engineering design; (3) conduct engineering design accounting for the variability of rainfall and its translation into variable runoff; (4) work in research teams to quantify water availability, apply mass balance approaches, and/or explore the variability of water resources and their consequences for society; and (5) communicate technical findings and decision-making in an engaging and professional way.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) individual reports; (2) team project; and (3) examinations. 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)
Associate Professor Sally Thompson
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Professional Engineering (Environmental Engineering Specialisation or Civil Engineering Specialisation). This unit is also available to students in the Master of Ocean Leadership with the approval of the Course Coordinator and completion of an undergraduate major in Engineering Science or equivalent.
Co-requisites:
for pre-2012 courses: (MATH2209 Calculus and Probability or MATH2040 Engineering Mathematics or MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2) and (ENVE2603 Introduction to Environmental Hydrology or ENVT2251 Environmental Hydrology and Water Resource Management)
Incompatibility:
ENVE3603 Quantitative Environmental Hydrology
Text

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

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