GEOS5511 Groundwater Hydrochemistry

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit explores a broad range of topics related to groundwater hydrochemistry. It covers the fundamental hydrochemical processes (water-rock interactions, redox reactions, role of microbes) that affect the evolution of groundwater quality in unimpacted and anthropogenically stressed aquifers. The unit also introduces students to environmental tracers and isotopes (such as radiocarbon, CFCs and stable isotopes of water) to determine groundwater ages and constrain hydrogeological processes. Students develop an understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of geochemical and reactive transport modelling as tools to interpret hydrochemical and environmental tracer data and to predict the future evolution of groundwater quality.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate knowledge of groundwater quality issues and hydrochemical principles; (2) demonstrate an understanding of the fate of environmental tracers in aquifers and their use to determine groundwater residence times; and (3) demonstrate an ability to apply geochemical and reactive transport modelling to quantify processes affecting groundwater quality and predict changes in groundwater quality.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) quizzes; (2) assignment to assess an understanding of advanced hydrochemical processes and modelling; and (3) assignment to assess understanding of environmental tracers and isotopes. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Henning Prommer
Unit rules
GEOS4401 Hydrogeological Systems
GEOS5501 Groundwater Flow Modelling
approval of unit coordinator
Contact hours
workshops up to 2 x 4 hours per week; total workload is 150 hours
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