This module introduces the concepts of groundwater modelling as applied to groundwater resources management. It is delivered in part by ‘problem-based learning’: small groups of students collaborate to develop a groundwater flow model applied to a topical hydrogeological problem.
Coordinator: Dr. William Burgess
- Module details
Title Hydrogeology and Groundwater Resources UG Code GEOL0033 Coordinator Dr. William Burgess Other Contributors Term 2 Credit 0.5 CU Written Exam 70% Practical Exercises 30% Pre-Requisites None 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
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.
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:
- Processes and physical / hydraulic parameters controlling groundwater flow.
- The concepts of water balance, storage, and equilibrium / transient groundwater conditions.
- The hydrogeological characteristics of important aquifers.
- The representation of groundwater flow in aquifers, using numerical models.