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    A survey of mountain and cold climate hydrology, with an emphasis on catchment scale processes, datalogger programming, instrumentation and analytical techniques.

    Hydrological models are the cornerstone of understanding hydrological exchanges and the outcomes of these models are critical to managing water resources. Models offer the advantage of determining exchanges or processes not readily observable or quantifiable in the field, as well as projecting into the future. Empirical studies, on the other hand, are equally as valuable as these establish baseline measurements and quantify parameters that are needed to feed into numerical models and can be used to validate model outputs. GEOG 461 is structured around one project that employs these methodologies to different conceptual problems in hydrology, as well as an awareness of central themes to contemporary hydrological research.

    About this paper

    Paper title Mountain Hydrology
    Subject Geography
    EFTS 0.1667
    Points 20 points
    Teaching period Semester 1 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,448.79
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    This paper is available to students at or above 400 (i.e. graduate) level.

    Please contact Dr Sarah Mager or Dr Daniel Kingston for further information on the recommended background for this paper.

    Teaching staff

    Course Instructors: Dr Sarah Mager and Dr Daniel Kingston

    Paper Structure

    GEOG 461 is delivered through a short lecture programme, supplemented by self-directed readings and exercises. The paper also contains workshops to develop skills in hydrological modelling. During this course you are expected to read widely and critically reflect on methods, applications, and analytical techniques in hydrology.  The assessment is comprised of student-led presentations, small critical reflection assignments and/or analytical reports, and a final write-up project that draws together the scope of work developed throughout the course.

    Teaching Arrangements

    One 2-hour workshop per week.

    No textbook is required, but wide reading of resources is expected and guided by a reading list.
    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Critical thinking, Information literacy, Research, Teamwork.
    View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
    Learning Outcomes

    By the end of this course students will be able to:

    • Interrogate climatological influences on catchment hydrology
    • Explore the role of climate change on stream flow
    • Understand the uncertainties associated with hydrological modelling
    • Undertake statistical analysis of hydrological data
    • Understand the application of hydrogeochemical techniques for determining hydrological pathways and chemical weathering
    • Develop critical reading skills, synthesizing literature and research skills


    Semester 1

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 10:00-11:50 9-13, 15-22
    Friday 10:00-11:50 16
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