- 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
The course will be delivered from 8-19 Feb 2021. It has been adjusted for remote participants. On-campus activities will also be available.
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 processes, and their importance in environmental management;
- interpret the relationships between climate, water and the regolith which control water availability and quality;
- explain the principles of, and demonstrate field skills in, hydrological measurement;
- analyse practical examples of hydrology and landscape in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region;
- apply problem-solving methods and evaluate the relationship between raw data and the interpretation(s) that stem from them.
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 the application of basic mathematics and statistics in hydrology (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Group-based field study and report to demonstrate field skills and data analysis (30) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Two-hour open-book written exam (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours including:
- Face-to face component of 65 hours delivered intensively over 2 weeks comprising: lectures, practicals and field excursions
- Approximately 65 hours of self directed study which preparation for lectures, practicals, field excursions and other assessment tasks.
Students are expected to actively participate and contribute towards discussions.
To be determined.
Requisite and Incompatibility
You will need to contact the Fenner School of Environment and Society to request a permission code to enrol in this course.
Davie, T. (2008) Fundamentals of Hydrology, Routledge, London (available online).
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