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GEOL0027 Groundwater Science

This module introduces groundwater and the characteristics of aquifers, also the role of groundwater in geological processes and in environmental management.

Coordinator: Prof William Burgess

Module details
TitleGroundwater Science
UG CodeGEOL0027
CoordinatorProf William Burgess
Other Contributors 
Term2
Credit15 credits
Written Exam

 

None

Coursework100%
Oral Presentation 
Pre-RequisitesNone
Maths & Stats Content and RequirementGeneral GCSE-level (or equivalent) knowledge of maths
Total Number of Hours of Student Work188 hours
Hours of Lectures/Seminars20 hours
Hours of Practicals/Problem Classes20 hours
Hours of TutorialsAs needed
Days of FieldworkNone
OtherNone
Categorizing Student Performance Levels
Content

 

Topics will include:

  1. Groundwater Flow - Darcy to Thiem
  2. Groundwater Flow - Toth
  3. Real Aquifers - Lapworth, Theis and Downing
  4. Interfaces - Recharge and Discharge
  5. Groundwater Chemistry - Controlling Processes
  6. Groundwater Chemistry - Trends and Transport
  7. Groundwater and Geological Processes
  8. Groundwater and Environmental Management

AIMS

To introduce the scientific principles governing groundwater flow, groundwater chemistry and groundwater occurrence as a context for examining (1) the hydrogeological characteristics of aquifers, (2) groundwater in geological processes, and (3) groundwater in environmental management.

OUTCOMES

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • Concepts and principles of groundwater flow and groundwater / aquifer chemical interactions
  • Measurements in hydrogeology
  • Processes of groundwater recharge, storage, and interfaces with surface hydrology
  • The characteristics of important aquifers
  • 5. Significance of groundwater in geological processes, and environmental management