Hydrological Processes

Module aims

  • To understand the physical processes that determine the exchange of water at the Earth's surface. 
  • To become familiar with the physical properties that govern the movement of water through the unsaturated zone and how these can be observed in the field and modelled mathematically.
  • To understand the physical factors that control evaporation and their representation using energy fluxes and diffusive transfer.
  • To be familiar with the various physical and empirical models used to calculate evaporation and the data need to support their use.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this course unit, students will be able to: 

  • Have an understanding of catchment hydrological processes, which is foundational for the hydrology Master’s course.
  • Understand how measurements can be made of key hydrological variables.
  • Use models, conditioned on physical measurements, to simulate unsaturated flow, groundwater recharge and rainfall-runoff.

Module syllabus

No.  

Topic 

Staff 

01 

Introduction; Rainfall Runoff Processes 

Prof A. Butler 

02 

Soil and Soil Water; Properties, Processes & Measurement 

Prof A. Butler 

03 

Hydraulic Conductivity and Flow in the Unsaturated Zone 

Prof A. Butler 

04 

Transient Unsaturated Flow 

Prof A. Butler 

05 

Water in the Atmosphere; Water in the Plant 

Prof A. Butler 

06 

Evaporation and the Penman-Monteith Combination Equation 

Prof A. Butler 

07 

Evaporation Measurement and Estimation 

Prof A. Butler 

08 

Modelling Recharge and Runoff 

Prof A. Butler 

09 

Cold regions hydrology 

Prof A. Butler 

Teaching methods

Lectures and tutorial sessions, supported by problem sheets and an item of coursework.  

Assessments

Information will be provided separately.

Reading list

Module leaders

Professor Adrian Butler