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River Hydrology, Assessment,
and Monitoring - 4 credits
Prerequisite(s): GEOL 260/260L and GEOL 360/360L or equivalent coursework
last updated 1/25/17
Office Hours: By appointment
Office: Rm. E207, Science Center (Bldg. 53)
Ph: (831) 582-4696
Lecture/Lab/Fieldtrips: Friday 9:00-2:50
Room 236, Bldg. 53
1) Environmental Hydrology, 2004, A.Ward and S.W.Trimble, CRC-Lewis Press Boca Raton,Fl, 475pp.
2 ) Stream Channel Reference Sites (Harrrelson
et al., 1994)
Sources of Readings, Lectures, and Practical Excercises:
California Rivers & Streams: The Conflict Between Fluvial Process
and Land use (Jeffrey Mount, 1995)
Stream Corridor Restoration (Federal Interagency Stream Restoration
Water in Environmental Planning (Dunne & Leopold)
Applied River Morphology (Rosgen, 1996)
Applied Fluvial Geomorphology (Thorne et al., 1997)
and implications of stream classification (Juracek, K.E., and Fitzpatrick
Various case studies of river restoration projects
Various governmental sources of hydrologic data
Miscellaneous U.S.G.S. publications and other scientific journal articles
Materials: Sturdy shoes/boots, 2H/3H pencil (mechanical or wood),
eraser, small "Rite-in-the-rain" field notebook, calculator,
clipboard, small daypack, water bottle, warm clothes, rain gear.
The simple process of water flowing over or under the
surface of the earth is central to human culture. We daily rely upon
a supply of fresh water for a multitude of reasons including drinking,
bathing, agriculture, energy, and industry. However, as populations
grow, both the local quantity and quality of fresh water typically diminishes.
In some regions water supply or quality is now becoming the limiting
factor in municipal growth. From an environmental perspective, diminished
water quality and quantity strongly influence the physical habitat,
biodiversity, and aesthetics associated with aquatic and riparian zones
Our role in "River Hydrology Assessment and Monitoring"
is to understand the hydrologic cycle and the interplay of water and
rivers well enough to improve our management of water resources. Sustainable
human development will rely upon improved relations among human culture,
the water cycle, and the rivers that carry the resource.
In this field-intensive course, we will cover the theory,
measurement, and analysis of many of the traditional topics in hydrology
including precipitation, rainfall-runoff, groundwater, streamflow duration,
flood frequency and the local water budget. However, we will also learn
about the physical description, measurement, and assessment of rivers.
The combination of those topics provides the overarching theme of understanding
the human impacts on rivers well enough to develop resource management
strategies and policies leading toward sustainable development.
Upon completion of the course you will gain a technical
and quantitative understanding of many parts of the hydrologic cycle,
and the ability to survey and interpret the physical attributes of streams.
All homework assignments are due at the beginning of class one week
from the assignment date. There
is a required weekend fieldtrip.