College of Science and Engineering
Aquifer characteristics and geologic controls on ground-water occurrence. Ground-water movement; regional ground-water flow, and ground-water interactions with wetlands, lakes and streams. Well hydraulics and water supply, vadose zone processes. Lab.
Goals and Diversity
MN Goal Course
Use a variety of methods to determine and describe the physical characteristics of an aquifer. These characteristics include: porosity, specific retention and yield, hydraulic conductivity, transmissivity, and storativity.
Construct and interpret water table and potentiometric surface maps and cross-sections using a variety of data and use these diagrams to determine groundwater flow.
Apply the equations of hydraulic head and Darcy's Law to determine important hydrodynamic parameters of an aquifer including discharge, hydraulic head, and paths of flow.
Discuss, compare, and predict the properties and characteristics of groundwater flow in various types of regional aquifers.
Integrate geologic and hydrogeologic data to interpret and report in a professional manner on groundwater conditions in a realistic setting.
Collaborate within a team to write a detailed, comprehensive, scholarly report describing the important characteristics of a major aquifer type.
Collaborate within a team to orally present the important points from the written report in education of others in the class about the major aquifer type investigated.
Collect data in a laboratory or field setting, perform data analysis, and write formal reports detailing the results of the effort.