Principles of hydrologic processes and the integration of these processes into the hydrologic cycle. Topics include atmospheric processes, precipitation and runoff, storm response in streamflow on a watershed scale, and major concepts in groundwater systems. PREREQS: One year of calculus.
The student, upon completion of this course, should be able to:
- Describe and represent major components of the hydrologic cycle mathematically and discuss scientifically how these components interact;
- Define, calculate, and use the return period of a storm or other event in engineering design;
- Estimate peak runoff rates and total runoff volumes from watersheds for use in water resources engineering design; and,
- Communicate a familiarity with the structure and functions of natural stream systems.