Water serves as one of our most precious and limited natural resources. It transports energy throughout the land, ocean, and atmosphere, regulating climate and shaping the surface of the earth. The objective of this course is to provide an understanding of the complexity and importance of the movement, distribution, and quality of water, while emphasizing applications to engineering practices. The course covers engineering applications of principles of hydrology, including hydrologic cycle, rainfall and runoff, groundwater, storm frequency and duration studies, stream hydrography, flood frequency, and flood routing.
Introduces students to modeling techniques. Focus areas include physical hydrology and hydrometeorology; measurement and inference; climate change impacts; role of scale in hydrology; uncertainty analysis; and a case study project. Projects will examine hydrologic impacts of various drivers such as climate warming or land cover change, utilizing an assessment of historic conditions to better understand and model future disturbance scenarios.