2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    Dec 10, 2019  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

GEOG 205 - Introduction to Hydrology

Overview of what governs the hydrological cycle’s major components of precipitation, evapotranspiration, soil moisture, surface water, and groundwater.  Core principles of physical hydrology will be introduced including rainfall-runoff processes, surface and subsurface storage and flows, and land-atmosphere exchange.  Students will also learn about human influences on the water cycle, and consider management of water resources at field to watershed scales.  Upon completion of this course, students will:

  • Understand the essential elements of hydrological processes and how these govern the distribution of water in the earth system.
  • Be able to solve the surface water balance and analyze its controls in different environments.
  • Have the basic skills needed to explore water resource issues, such as quantitative understanding of the likelihood of extreme rainfall and flooding events, flow directions and rates in surface and ground waters, or land use/land cover effects on hydrological processes.
  • Have new appreciation for fundamental tools and terms used in the field of hydrology including mass balance, steady-state, flux-gradient relations, continuity, dimensional analysis, and probability.

Prerequisites include GEOG 104 Earth System Science or GEOG 102 Weather and Climate.  Students lacking this background may request special permission to enroll.  A background in one or more of the following courses would also be helpful: physics (PHYS 110/111), calculus (MATH 120/121), or statistics (GEOG 110).  Three of the lab sessions will require extended hours.

Prerequisites: GEOG 102 - Weather and Climate  or GEOG 104 - Earth System Science  

Anticipated Terms Offered: Fall