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GEOG399 Freshwater Resources: Monitoring and Management

Semester One, 18 points

Lectures: Thursday & Friday: 10am – 10.50am
Labs: either Thursday or Friday: 2pm - 4.50pm

Course Coordinator: Dr Sarah Mager –  

Fresh water is a globally finite resource that is increasingly under pressure due to water degradation and allocation. GEOG399 will introduce you to the physical and chemical characteristics of water, and develop practical field, laboratory and analytical skills for the interpretation of water quality data. The programme is comprised of two core elements, first understanding and quantifying water quality of freshwater bodies, and the second is developing an understanding of the issues around water scarcity, allocation and management strategies of this finite resource. This course will focus on physical indicators of water degradation, field sampling techniques, and the analysis of water quality data.

The course is comprised of two lectures a week that will provide you with an overview of the core elements of the discipline of hydrology, as well as perspectives on global and national and water issues.

The second core component of this course is a strong emphasis on laboratory sessions. Each week you will have a practical exercise, and will be allocated to small group (8 students) and undertake an exercise within a round-robin programme.

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Physical and human processes affecting water quality of rivers, groundwater and wetlands.

This paper will develop mathematical skills as related to hydrology, and competence dealing with hydrological datasets and spatial datasets. There is a focus on global and national environmental issues on freshwater resources

Paper title Freshwater Resources: Monitoring and Management
Paper code GEOG399
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2022 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,110.75
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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54 points
GEOG 299
Schedule C
Arts and Music, Science
A background introductory paper to earth science is strongly recommended.
Teaching staff

Course Coordinator: Dr Sarah Mager

Paper Structure

This paper is comprised of two modules: the first module is an introduction to the core concepts of physical hydrology; and the second module covers contemporary issues in freshwater resources including the impacts of land use change and over allocation on river systems.

Laboratories: Students will work each week in a small group as part of the laboratory programme, and develop communication and time management skills in the preparation of written work.

Assessment is 60% internal (on-going during the semester) and 40% external (final examination)

Teaching Arrangements

2 lectures and 1 x 3 hour laboratory session per week

There is no set textbook but there will be a recommended reading list, and readings identified for each lecture.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Global perspective, Communication, Environmental literacy, Research.
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Learning Outcomes
  • Familiarisation with the global environmental issues surrounding freshwater resources
  • competence in collecting and analysing hydrological data
  • familiarisation with the core concepts of groundwater flow
  • the interactions between surface and groundwater resources.

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Not offered in 2022

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system