Spring 2020 - GEOG 311 D100

Hydrology (4)

Class Number: 5788

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 12:30 PM – 2:20 PM
    WMC 2202, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Apr 15, 2020
    3:30 PM – 6:30 PM
    Location: TBA

  • Prerequisites:

    GEOG 213 or 214; GEOG 251 or one of STAT 201, 203 (formerly 103), 205, 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 the theory and techniques of the field of hydrology. 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 moisture, rock moisture, groundwater, runoff generation and stream flow. Case studies and examples covered in the course will emphasize the hydrology of western North America.

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).

There will be NO labs during the first week of class.


At the completion of this course students will be able to:

Describe the physical processes responsible for the transfer of water within and between the components of the hydrologic cycle
Describe the theory and application of standard hydrologic instrumentation
Employ standard analytical techniques commonly used in applied hydrology
Connect theoretical hydrologic concepts to current water issues


  • Laboratory assignments: 35%
  • In-class quizzes: 5%
  • Mid-term exam: 30%
  • Final exam: 30%



There is no single textbook that covers all of the material presented in the course. Students are strongly encouraged to use the following recommended textbook in addition to resources provided in class, which is available at the bookstore and will be placed on course reserve at the library:

Dingman, S.L. 2015. Physical Hydrology, Third Edition, Waveland press. ISBN-13: 978-1478611189; ISBN-10: 1478611189

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