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Course Overview

This course aims to introduce students to key concepts and approaches used to understand, monitor and model rivers and river basins. It focuses on understanding the movement of water through river basins and the links between river flow regimes, habitats and ecosystems. Students are introduced to a number of important approaches used in modern day hydrology and the insights that these provide into how river basins are structured and function, both hydrologically and ecologically.  The course involves a mixture of traditional lectures, dealing with state-of-the-art knowledge, and hands-on computer based exercises.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Josie Geris

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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Course Description

The course will be delivered through a series of lectures, extending from background theory and concepts to the application of sophisticated, modern day monitoring and modelling approaches used to understand catchment hydrological behaviour. The course will also involve discussion sessions and practicals. It will draw upon wide a range of case study material, underpinned by staff research projects in the UK, across the Northern Hemisphere, Latin America and in Sub-Saharan Africa. Using practical applications to address water management issues (such as drought, floods) we will explore how water moves at and below the surface, and the interlinkages with land use and water management.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Computer Practical during University week19
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 9 - 18

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Hydrology and land management practical/data response report 50%

Hydrological modelling practical/data response report 50%

Alternative Resit Arrangements for students taking course in Academic Year 2020/21

Resit not normally available.

Formative Assessment

Report on set journal articles (compulsory)

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
FactualRememberILO’s for this course are available in the course guide.

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