EARTH331-20B (HAM)

Hydrology and Water Resources

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science
Earth Sciences

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Paper Description

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This paper introduces the principles and processes of the hydrological cycle, including both water resource and hazard aspects. There is some focus on groundwater modelling for resource studies. Surface water applications include hydro power evaluations, landuse modification of catchment water budgets, and design against extreme floods and droughts. Guest lecturers will provide case studies of water resource management in industry and regional councils. There will be a one-day field trip to the Tongariro power scheme on September 12, as a case study of a water-gathering hydro power system.


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Paper Structure

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There will normally be a 1-hour tutorial session per week (Friday 10-11 in room KG.09) and a 2-hour practical session in two optional streams (either Friday 12-2pm or Friday 3-5pm). Labs are mostly in room E1.12 but are sometimes in room F2.11 or GB.13, depending on the material concerned. An overview is provided in the course programme at the end of this document. The practicals are an important component of the paper and students should complete all of these. Calculators should be taken to all practicals. Some practicals are interactive tutorial sessions with zero weighting. These sessions do not contribute to course marks, but the material may be included in the final test.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Give a quantitative description of river flow response to concurrent changes in climate and catchment land use.
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  • Interpret minimal spatial water quality data and, given geological information, identify point sources of groundwater contamination.
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  • Apply groundwater models to evaluate the impact of future well field developments.
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  • Construct a clear and well-structured field trip report from hydrological observations.
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  • Evaluate the potential for hydro power development in a complex river system.
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  • Construct magnitude-return period diagrams for flood risk evaluation.
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Assessment

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There are no compulsory items of assessment in this internally-assessed paper, but assignments, a test, and a field report all contribute to the final grade.


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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Tarawera River hydrology and landuse change
23 Jul 2020
4:30 PM
5
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
2. Tracing groundwater contamination sources
30 Jul 2020
4:30 PM
5
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
3. Estimating groundwater flow nets in cross section
6 Aug 2020
4:30 PM
5
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
4. Modelling discharge and recharge well systems
13 Aug 2020
4:30 PM
5
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
5. Geological weighing lysimeters
20 Aug 2020
12:00 AM
5
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
6. Tongariro Power Scheme field trip report
1 Oct 2020
4:30 PM
15
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
7. Designing a distributed hydro power scheme (East Cape)
1 Oct 2020
4:30 PM
30
  • Hand-in: Faculty Information (FG Link)
8. Test
16 Oct 2020
3:00 PM
30
  • In Class: In Lab
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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Recommended reading:

Davie, T., Quinn, N.W. 2019. Fundamentals of Hydrology, 3rd Edition. (available from July).

Todd D.K., Mays, L.W. 2004. Groundwater Hydrology. Any student unfamiliar with groundwater may wish to consult Price: Introducing Groundwater.

Ward, R.C. and M. Robinson, 2000. Principles of Hydrology, 4th Edition.

Mosley, M.P. and Pearson, C.P., 1997. Floods and droughts: the New Zealand experience. NZ Hydrological Society.

Rosen, M.R., White, P.A. 2001, Groundwaters of New Zealand. Class set available.

Plus reading resources placed on Moodle.

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Other Resources

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Resources linked from Moodle.
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Online Support

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Online support will be provided via Moodle, which will be accessible to all students who are enrolled in the paper.
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Workload

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There are 6 marked practical assignments and a field trip report. There is a single test at the end of the course, with no final exam. Practicals will typically be mostly completed in the lab sessions and finished in the student's own time if necessary. The hydro power scheme design practical is likely to require additional time outside of scheduled hours. It is assumed that up to 60 hours will be spent in private study by an ‘average’ student.


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Linkages to Other Papers

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EARTH504
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: EARTH231 or ERTH245

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: ERTH246, ERTH346

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