Syllabus: Physical Hydrology

This is part of our Campus Spotlight on the Global Water Initiative at the University of Virginia.

 

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the principles governing the flow of water on and beneath the earth’s surface. This includes concepts of fluid dynamics applied to open channel flow, ground water flow, and dynamics.

Texts
1) ELEMENTS OF PHYSICAL HYDROLOGY, 2nd Edition, Hornberger, Wiberg, Raffensperger, and D’Odorico, Johns Hopkins Press
2) EVSC 3601 LABORATORY MANUAL, Eshleman et al., PS Publishing

 

LECTURE AND LAB SCHEDULE

Week Day Date Topic Reading Lab #
1 Wed Aug 23 Introduction Ch. 1
Fri Aug 25 The water budget Ch. 1 —-
2 Mon Aug 28 Precipitation Ch. 2 pp 20-40
Wed Aug 30
Fri Sep 1 Evapotranspiration Ch. 2 pp 40-57
3 Mon Sep 4 Fluid dynamics: hydrostatics Ch. 3 pp 58-66 Water Balance I (Lab #1)
Wed Sep 6 The Bernoulli equation Ch. 3 pp 66-76

 

Fri Sep 8
4 Mon Sep 11 Energy loss; turbulence Ch. 3 pp 76-89 Water Balance II (Lab

#2)

Wed Sep 13
Fri Sep 15 Channel flow: specific energy Ch. 4 pp 90-103
5 Mon Sep 18 Fluid Dynamics I (Labs

#3 and #4)

Wed Sep 20
Fri Sep 22 Channel flow: roughness Ch. 4 pp 103-117
6 Mon Sep 25
Wed Sep 27
Fri Sep 29 Streamflow and reservoirs Ch. 5 pp 118-124
7 Mon Oct 2 No class-Fall Break
Wed Oct 4 Flood routing Ch. 5 pp 125-136
Fri Oct 6 FIRST EXAM (8-9:50 am) Covers Ch. 1-4
8 Mon Oct 9 Flood routing Ch. 5 pp 125-136 Fluid Dynamics II (Lab

#5)

Wed Oct 11 Flood frequency analysis Ch. 5, pp 136-144
Fri Oct 13 Groundwater: Darcy’s law Ch. 6 pp 145-150
9 Mon Oct 16 Geological formations Ch. 6, pp 150-159
Wed Oct 18 Steady groundwater flow Ch 6, pp 159-172 Surface Flow I (Lab #6)
Fri Oct 20 Flow nets Ch 6, pp 159-172
10 Mon Oct 23
Wed Oct 25 Regional groundwater flow Ch 7, pp 173-185 Surface Flow II (Lab

#7)

Fri Oct 27 Unsteady groundwater flow Ch 7, pp 185-189
11 Mon Oct 30 Aquifer properties, pump tests Ch 7, pp 189-210
Wed Nov 1 Subsurface Flow I (Lab

#8)

Fri Nov 3
12 Mon Nov 6 The unsaturated zone Ch 8, pp 211-223
Wed Nov 8 SECOND EXAM (8-9:50 am) Covers Ch. 5-7 Subsurface Flow II (Lab

#10)

Fri Nov 10 The unsaturated zone
13 Mon Nov 13
Wed Nov 15 Infiltration Ch 8, pp 223-229 Applied Hydrology I

(Lab #9)

Fri Nov 17 Moisture redistribution Ch 8, pp 229-239
14 Mon Nov 20 Ecohydrology Ch 9, pp 239-256
Wed Nov 22 No class-Thanksgiving
Fri Nov 24 No class-Thanksgiving
15 Mon Nov 27 Catchment Hydrology Ch 10, pp 257-267 Applied Hydrology II

(Lab #11)

Wed Nov 29 Catchment models Ch 10, pp 267-284
Fri Dec 1 Water, climate, energy, food Ch 11, pp 285-295
16 Mon Dec 4 Final Exam Review

 

Thu Dec 7 FINAL EXAM (2-5 pm) Covers Ch. 1-11

 

 

Published on December 11, 2018.

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