GY1147 Physical geography: fundamentals of the physical environment.
This course covers the physical process and water resource management aspects of hydrology linking processes to water resource management with particular emphasis on the relationship between water resources, climatic and land use change. In particular the course covers :
The hydrological cycle: global to local scales.
Precipitation: types and mechanisms, measurement techniques, spatial and temporal patterns, analysis, Mediterranean case study.
Water on the terrestrial surface: rainfall and fog interception, evapotranspiration processes models and measurement, water balances.
Soil water: Soil hydraulic properties, infiltration processes, measurement and models. Soil water storage and movement. Spatio-temporal variability of soil moisture and implications.
Groundwater: Types of aquifer, groundwater storage and transport processes.
Runoff, the drainage basin and beyond: Detention storage and runoff generation, sources and components of runoff, runoff measurement in gauged and ungauged rivers.
Water resource provision - quantity: river, reservoirs and groundwater.
Water resource provision - quality: pollution risk, effects and remediation.