- 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, Human Sciences
This is an intensive course offered on an annual basis. The face-to-face component of the course will be delivered from 10-21 February 2020.
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:
- 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
If you do not meet the requisites for this course, it may be possible to receive a permission code. If you are prompted for a permission code on ISIS, please request one online via the following form.
- 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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130 hours of total student learning time made up from: a) 65 hours of contact delivered intensively over 2 weeks comprising: lectures, practicals and field excursions; and b) 65 hours of independent student research, reading and writing. Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
To be determined.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Davie, T. (2008) Fundamentals of Hydrology, Routledge, London (available online).
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