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Groundwater Hydrology (GEOL 435)

UNC Chapel Hill | Fall 2020 | Fall 2021

Water is an essential resource for all life, and the availability of clean water will become one of the most important socio-political and economic discussions over the coming decades. This course covers fundamentals of groundwater storage, subsurface flow and contaminant transport, emphasizing the role of groundwater in the hydrologic cycle, the relation of groundwater flow to geologic structure, and the management of contaminated groundwater and drinking water resources.

GEOL 435 Syllabus

Advanced Hydrology: Rivers and Floods (GEOL 514)

UNC Chapel Hill | Spring 2021

River floods are critically important in the global hydrologic cycle. While seasonal floods can be environmentally restorative, they can also have devastating socio-economic and public health consequences. Anthropogenic changes ranging from watershed to global scales have substantially altered the response of many of the world’s rivers and are driving increased flood risk, making this a critical topic for the 21st century. Beginning with the hydrologic cycle, this course will cover concepts related to rainfall runoff and hydrologic response, flood frequency analysis, the mechanics of open channel flow, and overland and channel routing. Students will also gain experience working with real-world data and engineering software such as HEC-HMS. At the end of the course, students will be armed with the skills to be able to calculate the frequency and depth of river flooding.

GEOL 514 Syllabus

Archived Courses

Freshman Writing Intensive Seminar: Water and Society (FWIS 188)

Rice University | Spring 2014

In our lifetime, the availability of clean water will become one of the most important socio-political and economic discussions to date. In this course we will discuss how we, as humans (and engineers), have impacted water availability and how, in turn, water scarcity impacts us as a society. We will explore the emergence of the environmental movement in the 1970s, major structural engineering projects that have contributed to water scarcity, the relationship between water and energy, and technical engineering solutions for addressing water scarcity in the future.

FWIS 188 Syllabus