- Code ENVS2020
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Fenner School of Environment and Society
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Environmental Science
- Areas of interest Geography, Interdisciplinary Studies - Sustainability, Resource Management and Environmental Science, Human Sciences
This is an intensive course offered on an annual basis. The course will be delivered from 11-22 February 2019.
Knowledge of the physical, chemical and biological processes involved when water in its many forms interacts with land is fundamental to managing natural resources and in dealing with the increasing environmental challenges confronting us in the 21st century. Faced with global change, an understanding of water science is increasingly important in relation to secure water supply; assessing water demand; safeguarding water quality in multi-use catchments and aquifers; maintaining human health; ensuring food and energy security; and sustaining the ecosystems which support us. Professionals who are aware of the concepts, principles and practices relevant to surface and groundwater hydrology and river processes are needed to work in a variety of water-related fields.
This course is structured around the water cycle and the concepts of mass and energy balance. The different pathways that water takes as it cycles through the atmosphere, biosphere and lithosphere are examined, as are the interactions of the cycle’s components and their influence on geomorphic and geochemical processes and ecological function. Surface and groundwater are considered as an integrated system, including both their flows and quality. Students will become familiar with hydrological processes and the techniques required to address water security and landscape management, with a focus on Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. Practicals, problem-solving workshops and field studies provide opportunities to develop skills in sampling, analysing and presenting data that relate to catchment characteristics, processes and change.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- describe hydrological and associated geomorphic processes, and their importance in environmental management
- interpret the relationships between water and the regolith which control landform evolution and water quality
- explain principles of, and demonstrate field skills in, hydrological and geomorphic measurement
- describe and compare practical examples of hydrology and landscape in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region
- appreciate the relationship between raw data and the interpretation(s) that stem from them, and how limited
Other InformationYou will need to contact the Fenner School of Environment & Society at firstname.lastname@example.org to request a permission code to enrol in this course
- Practical exercises to demonstrate use of basic mathematics and statistics in hydrology and landform evolution (30%; LO 1, 2, 3, 4,5)
- Group-based field study and report to demonstrate field skills and data analysis (30%; LO 2, 3, 4,5)
- Two-hour open-book written exam (40%; LO 1, 2, 3,5)
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65 contact hours comprising lectures, practicals and fieldwork
Requisite and Incompatibility
Davie, T. (2008) Fundamentals of Hydrology, Routledge, London (available online).
Gordon et al. (2004) Stream Hydrology: an introduction for ecologists, Wiley, Chichester, UK. (recommended but not compulsory)
Strahler, A. (2010) Introducing Physical Geography (5th
edition), Wiley. Chapters 2, 4, 13, 14 & 15 ( recommended but not
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