UCL Earth Sciences

GEOLGG22 Hydrogeology and Groundwater Resources

GEOLGG22 Hydrogeology and Groundwater Resources

This MSc provides an introduction to geohazards, research methods and field techniques, together with advanced courses in seismology, volcanology, hydrogeological hazards and meteorology.


To introduce the student to the physical processes governing groundwater resources and to demonstrate the scientific basis for groundwater resources assessment and management.


Knowledge and understanding of:

1. Processes and physical / hydraulic parameters controlling groundwater flow.

2. The concepts of water balance, storage, and equilibrium / transient groundwater conditions.

3. The hydrogeological characteristics of important aquifers.

4. The representation of groundwater flow in aquifers, using numerical models.


The course presents the principles of physical hydrogeology (aquifer hydraulic properties, groundwater hydraulics, aquifer investigations, recharge and river-aquifer interactions) and demonstrates their application to groundwater resources management through consideration of aquifer water balances and an introduction to groundwater flow modelling.

Title Hydrogeology and Groundwater Resources
UG Code GEOLG022
Coordinator Dr. William Burgess
Other Contributors  
Normal Level  
Term Not running 2013-14
Credit 0.5 CU
Written Exam 70%
Practical Exercises
Pre-Requisites Maths A-level, or equivalent
Maths & Stats Content and Requirement  
Total Number of Hours of Student Work 188 hours
Hours of Lectures/Seminars 20 hours
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes 20 hours
Hours of Tutorials 0
Days of Fieldwork 0
Other None
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