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ENVX3003: Hydrological Monitoring and Modelling

Globally, and in Australia in particular, water quantity and quality problems are growing due to increasing human use and a changing climate. In this unit, you will engage with field-based and quantitative problems related to water quantity and quality. This includes a multi-day field trip to regional NSW to collect samples and engage with field-based activities. During these activities, you will develop field-based skills for collection of hydrological data. The data will be used later in the unit to analyse and map the water quantity and quality issues in the catchment, relating this to landscape, management and climate. The second part of the unit focusses on developing an insight into model building, model calibration, validation and sensitivity analysis. It links back to the field experience by using long-term data collected by previous student cohorts and focussing on the identified landscape issues. This part of the study will allow you to directly engage with numerical approaches in prediction and forecasting in landscape hydrological models. The unit of study is specifically designed to extend your field hydrological knowledge and to strengthen your analytical and numerical skills in this area.

Code ENVX3003
Academic unit Life and Environmental Sciences Academic Operations
Credit points 6
Completion of 72 credit points of units of study
Assumed knowledge:
SOIL2005 or GEOS2116 or ENVI1003 or GEOS1001 or ENSC2001

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. confidently explain the different processes in the hydrological cycle
  • LO2. independently collect spatial and temporal water data and analyse and interpret this data and understand relevant related QA processes
  • LO3. link water quantity and water quality to landscape, climate and management
  • LO4. calibrate and validate a hydrological model
  • LO5. articulate advantages and disadvantages of using simulation models for catchment management
  • LO6. identify the interplay between data availability, data quality and models
  • LO7. critically analyse problems around sustainable water resource management policy and practice in Australia using course material, scientific literature, policy and popular media.