ENVT2251 Hydrology and Water Resource Management

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Multi-mode
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Geology; Environmental Science; Integrated Earth and Marine Sciences; Environmental Science and Management major sequences
  • Level 2 option in the Geographical Sciences major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit are Life and Health Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Society and Culture
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit provides a holistic treatment of the field of hydrology with a focus on process understanding in relation to the catchment water balance and topics relevant to water management. A focus is given to understanding and quantitative descriptions of the surface and subsurface components of the hydrological cycle allowing students to appreciate the fundamentals of the disciplines of both surface hydrology and hydrogeology. Students gain an understanding of a range of biophysical processes through exposition of fundamental theories and process descriptions, combined with analysis and interpretation of observed data. Contemporary topics related to water management such as managing pollution, water resource allocation and river management are introduced. In addition to lectures, assignments and computer-based data analyses, field and laboratory work exposes students to practical applications and approaches to hydrological measurements.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) source routine hydrological information and summarise key processes governing the water balance across scales from field plots to the whole of catchment; (2) understand the climate and weather drivers of the water balance; (3) identify critical factors controlling runoff generation and assess runoff based on soil and rainfall properties; (4) understand how water moves through unsaturated soil and how groundwater moves; (5) assess the role of vegetation on the water balance and how land-use change impacts upon hydrological pathways; and (6) apply this knowledge to practical environmental hydrology problems related to water resources, environmental flow allocation, and water quality and contamination issues in agricultural, urban and mining impacted landscapes.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) practical reports (x2)
- data analysis practical report
-field/lab practical exercises and vignette; (2) catchment management report; and (3) online theory assessments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall 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 Matt Hipsey
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
EART1105 The Dynamic Planet or ENVT1104 Environmental Science and Technology or GEOG1103 Geographies of a Global City
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; computer/modelling exercises/labs and field work: 2 hours per week
Texts

Ward, A. D. and Trimble, S. W. Environmental Hydrology, 3rd edn: Lewis Publishers 2014

Gordon, N. D. et al. Stream Hydrology: an Introduction for Ecologists, 2nd edn: Wiley Publishers 2004

Recommended
reading

Hornberger, G. M. et al. Elements of Physical Hydrology: John Hopkins University Press 1998

Bras, R. L. Hydrology: an Introduction to Hydrologic Science: Addison-Wesley 1990

Chow, V. T. et al. Applied Hydrology: McGraw-Hill 1988

Dingman, S. L. Physical Hydrology: Prentice-Hall 1993

Shaw, E. M. Hydrology in Practice: Chapman & Hall 1994

Tindall, J. A. and Kunkel, J. R. Unsaturated Zone Hydrology for Scientists and Engineers: Prentice-Hall 1999

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