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AHS 334. Surface Hydrology

Credits: 4
Department: Atmospheric & Hydrologic Sciences
Description: Conceptual basis and modeling of hydrologic processes on Earth's surface: precipitation, infiltration, evaporation, runoff. Rainfall-runoff transformation at the watershed level. Hydrologic routing of floods. Applications to water resource management and environmental problems.
Prerequisites: AHS 230, MATH 221
Semester Offered: Spring
Grading Method: ABCDF
Lab: Lab

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Apply the principle of conservation of mass (water budget) to different hydrologic reservoirs (lakes and reservoirs, rivers, watersheds) to predict their hydrologic responses, quantify hydrologic driving mechanisms, and predict alterations on the natural hydrologic system responses due to engineering.
2. Examine the physics of basic hydrologic processes such as evaporation, evapotranspiration, infiltration, snowmelt and quantify these processes under different real-world situations or problems using conceptual or analytical models.
3. Apply statistical principles and concepts to the analysis of time series such as precipitation and discharge. Apply known theoretical probability distributions to the analysis of floods, duration of flows for reservoir control, or treatment plant and hydroelectric power plant operations.
4. Predict and explain the response of watersheds to precipitation or snow-melting events using the unit hydrograph theory with infiltration models. Apply to cases of gaged and non-gaged watersheds.
5. Predict and evaluate the results of different hydrologic routing models to lakes or rivers. Analyze and quantify flood propagation, attenuation, celerities and volumes.

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