Fall 2021 - GEOG 311 D100

Hydrology (4)

Class Number: 4301

Delivery Method: In Person


  • Course Times + Location:

    Mo 2:30 PM – 4:20 PM
    SSCC 9000, Burnaby

  • Exam Times + Location:

    Dec 11, 2021
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    RCB 8100, Burnaby

  • Instructor:

    Jesse Hahm
    Office: RCB 6141
    Office Hours: 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.


Course Details
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, 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.

No lab the first week of lecture.


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: 50%
  • Mid-term exam: 25%
  • Final exam: 25%



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

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