Fall 2017 - GEOG 311 D100
Class Number: 4153
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
SECB 1010, Burnaby
Exam Times + Location:
Dec 10, 2017
3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
AQ 3159, Burnaby
Office: RCB 7228
Prerequisites:GEOG 213 or 214; GEOG 251 or one of STAT 101, 201, 203 (formerly 103), or 270.
Introduction to the hydrologic cycle, with an emphasis on the hydrology of British Columbia; description and analysis of the processes of water movement and storage measurements and analysis of hydrologic data. Quantitative.
This course provides an introduction to hydrology theory and techniques. Students will learn concepts and physical principles of water flow in the environment, as well as standard techniques that are used to solve hydrologic problems. The course is structured around the hydrologic cycle and will cover interrelated topics such as: precipitation, interception, evapotranspiration, snow and glacier hydrology, soil water, groundwater, runoff generation and stream flow. Theoretical understanding will be coupled with practical exercises which will introduce students to standard methods employed in hydrology and water resources management such as rainfall intensity-duration-frequency curves, hydrograph separation, and flood frequency analysis. Case studies and examples covered in the course will emphasize the hydrology of British Columbia and Canada.
Lectures will focus on introducing key concepts to provide a foundation for their practical application in the laboratory assignments. The objective of the laboratory assignments are: 1) to introduce general approaches to practical data analysis (e.g., fitting relations to data, error analysis), 2) to provide experience in applying theoretical concepts to the interpretation of hydrology data, and 3) to introduce some of the standard techniques of applied hydrology (e.g., flood frequency analysis).
Note: Labs will begin in the week of September 11, 2017
COURSE-LEVEL EDUCATIONAL GOALS:
At the completion of this course students will be able to:
- Laboratory assignments 20%
- Literature review assignment 20%
- Midterm exam 30%
- Final exam 30%
There is no suitable text book for this course. It is therefore critical that students attend the lectures and laboratory sessions and take notes. Recommended textbooks for those students wishing to gain further insights on hydrology include:
Dingman, S.L. 2015. Physical Hydrology, Third Edition. Prentice-Hall, New Jersey.
Ward, R.D. and Robinson, M. 2000. Principles of Hydrology, Fourth Edition. McGraw-Hill, New York.
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