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GEOG288 Rivers and Runoff

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Precipitation, runoff and floods; laboratories as required.

This paper forms an introduction to the hydrological cycle and the hydrology of rivers. The focus is on the development of practical skills for river discharge measurement.

This course should appeal to people seeking a career in water resource management.

Paper title Rivers and Runoff
Paper code GEOG288
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,092.15
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $5,004.75

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GEOG 101
GEOG 394
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science

A foundation earth science paper is also acceptable.

Teaching staff
Course Coordinator: To be advised
Paper Structure
The lecture programme includes the properties of water, atmospheric processes, precipitation measurement, evaporation and transpiration, river behaviour, discharge measurement, and practical applications of hydrological understanding.
The laboratory programme will include measurement of flow and discharge in the field using a variety of statistical techniques in hydrology.
Teaching Arrangements
The laboratory programme is the heart of this course. The laboratories are designed to introduce and develop the skills required to undertake discharge gauging of rivers and the processing of discharge data.

Textbooks are not required for this paper.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Environmental literacy, Information literacy.
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Learning Outcomes
On completion of the paper students should be able to:
  • Acquire an understanding of the hydrological cycle
  • Understand the physics behind different field techniques
  • Learn how to measure streamflow and decide which method is suitable for different conditions
  • Apply theoretical understanding to real scenarios

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Semester 1

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Thursday 10:00-10:50 9-13, 15-22
Friday 10:00-10:50 9-12, 15-22


Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend one stream from
P1 Thursday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 16, 18, 20
P2 Friday 14:00-16:50 10, 12, 16, 18, 20