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Undergraduate Course: Hydrogeology 3: Field and Modelling Project (EASC10078)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Geosciences CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
Summary Developing a hydrogeological conceptual model from field observations
Develop a numerical model of the hydrogeological conceptual model
Understand different techniques for the investigation of hydrogeologically relevant parameters in different types of media.
Parameterise different material and fluid characteristics from field observations, field test results and other literature sources.
Use geo-statistical approaches to fill in data gaps.
Apply both finite difference and finite element models to groundwater resources management.
Predict groundwater flow, contaminant transport and heat transport using numerical methods.
Apply their results to management and planning issues.
Present a written report
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Hydrogeology 1: Applied Hydrogeology (EASC09039) AND Hydrogeology 2: Simulation of Groundwater Flow and Transport (EASC10077)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Can be taken in parallel with Hydro 2: Simulation of Groundwater Flow and Transport
Additional Costs None.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, students will have gained understanding of the principal areas, features, boundaries, terminology and conventions of using field observations, experimental data, field tests and other literature sources to create a hydrogeological conceptual model, convert this into a numerical model and then use the numerical model as a management tool. They will be knowledgeable and have had experience in the different modelling methods applicable to different aquifer types and issues associated with these e.g. porous media, fractured media, hybrid approaches, scaling Issues and hydro-geological facies. In addition they will be faced with the uncertainty of field observations and the requirement to parameterise numerical methods. They will understand the concepts behind and the application of Geostatistical techniques to de-limit the uncertainty and to make estimations where there is limited data available. Geostatistical techniques will be presented and excel spreadsheets provided demonstrating the use and application of the techniques. The central theme of the course is a real life scenario requiring scientifically based recommendations for dealing with several planning and management problems. Finally the work is to be presented in a professional report. Several workshops on the course are given, including consultation with practising hydrogeologists.

Reading List
None
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Additional Class Delivery Information 35 hour(s) per week for 1 week(s). 1 week field project, March, Dates flexible
KeywordsHydrogeology_3
Contacts
Course organiserDr Chris Mcdermott
Tel:
Email: cmcdermo@staffmail.ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Katie Leith
Tel: (0131 6)50 8510
Email: Katie.Leith@ed.ac.uk
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