- Code EMSC3025
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by Research School of Earth Sciences
- ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
- Course subject Earth and Marine Science
- Areas of interest Earth and Marine Sciences, Environmental Studies, Engineering
In Sem 2 2022, this course is on campus with remote adjustments only for participants with unavoidable travel restrictions/visa delays.
This course is of interest to students in science, environment, engineering, law and other disciplines because of the importance of water resources to our society. The course will include the study of changes in water in the landscape, traditional methods of observing and modelling hydrological processes, what we can (and cannot) measure and how satellite observations complement and/or replace traditional approaches. Students will learn about a variety of satellite missions designed to measure soil moisture, total water storage and river/dam levels. Emphasis will be on the quantification of changes in water resources and the way in which remotely sensed observations can transform hydrology modelling.
Laboratory: The practical component will include the analysis of actual observations related to water resources (precipitation, total water storage, depth to groundwater etc) through the development of python software.
Honours Pathway Option
Additional readings of greater conceptual difficulty requiring an advanced scientific understanding will be made available for students enrolled in the Honours pathway option (HPO). 20 per cent of the marks available on the exam will be answers to alternate questions for HPO students. Integration of this material in the independent project will be expected.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the different components of water in the landscape and how they interact.
- Undertake quantitative analysis and interpretation of actual data related to water in Australia.
- Understand a variety of remote sensing satellite missions and how the observations inform water research.
- Critically evaluate technical reports and journal articles.
- Synthesise key concepts in hydrology and/or remote sensing to understand changes in water resources.
Students in this course must be able to access a computer onto which python can be installed. Assistance is provided in class to install python and computers can be provided if any student does not have their own.
- Written and oral critiques of literature (20) [LO 1,2,3,4,5]
- Computing assignments x3 (40) [LO 1,2,3]
- Theory Examination (40) [LO 1,2,3,5]
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The expected workload will consist of approximately 130 hours throughout the semester including:
- The face-to-face component may consist of 2 x 1-hour lectures, 1 x 2-hour practical and 1 x 1-hour tutorial per week.
- Approximately 60 hours of self directed study which will include preparation for lectures and other assessment tasks.
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Requisite and Incompatibility
There are no prescribed texts.
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