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GEOG461 Mountain Hydrology

20 points

Lectures/Labs: Wednesday 11:00am – 12:50pm

Course Lecturers: Dr Daniel Kingston – daniel.kingston@otago.ac.nz  and Dr Sarah Mager – sarah.mager@otago.ac.nz


The objective of this paper is to explore different approaches to hydrology: modelling and empirical observations. These two methodologies are critical to understanding the epistemology of modern hydrology, that is, how knowledge is generated about hydrological problems.

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.

This course is structured around two projects that employ these methodologies to different conceptual problems in hydrology, as well as an awareness of central themes to contemporary hydrological research.

GEOG461 is divided into two modules and assessed by two problem-based learning projects: a presentation and an essay.

The paper will be delivered via a series of 2-hour workshops, self-directed reading and self-directed exercises. Each project is designed as semi-guided inquiry-based learning exercise with a strong emphasis on self-directed and collaborative learning. During this course you will be required to read widely and critically reflect on your reading.

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Details

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.

Paper title Mountain Hydrology
Paper code GEOG461
Subject Geography
EFTS 0.1667
Points 20 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,409.28
International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.

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Eligibility

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.

Contact
geography@otago.ac.nz
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.

Textbooks
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.
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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

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Timetable

Semester 2

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Lecture

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
L1 Wednesday 11:00-12:50 28-34, 36, 38-41