Coursebooks 2017-2018

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Hydrology for engineer

ENV-221

Lecturer(s) :

Rinaldo Andrea

Language:

English

Summary

Hydrology for Engineers is an introduction to the study of floods, droughts and a fair distribution of water. The course will introduce to hydrologic materials and methods: fluid mechanics, probability and statistics, surface and subsurface hydrological processes

Content

1) Introduction. Hydrologic cycle. Hydrologic processes

2) Precipitation: Types, variability, characterization. Evaporation. Infiltration.

3) Surface hydrology: runoff and streamflow. Rainfall excess. Hydrologic response.

6) Surface hydrology: Reservoir and streamflow routing.

7) Probability and statistics in hydrology. Return Period. Frequency analysis, risk

8) Subsurface hydrology:  saturated flow. Porous formations. Well hydraulics.

9) Floods: hydrologic and hydraulic design

10) Droughts: water scarcity, scenarios of climate change, vegetation stress

11) Towards a fair distribution of water: streamflow, principles of ecohydrology

12) Principles of hydrologic transport: residence time distributions, basin scale transport

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

Elementary Fluid Mechanics; Hydraulics (in particular, Open Channel Flow)

Important concepts to start the course

The student should keep in mind the twofold aim of the course: explore the large engineering impact of hydrologic design; and appreciate the great scientific questions currently debated

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the student must be able to:

Transversal skills

Teaching methods

Use of power point aids will be made, supported by supplementary reading material for clarity and completeness. Extensive use of the blackboard for all analytical developments.

The additional reading is chosen purposedly because it is the textbook employed in the ENV-221 Class in Water Resources Engineering, an international standard on the subject to which EPFL students are intended to be aligned. (Copies of the book to borrow are available, besides the Library ones, upon request to: anna.rothenbuehler@epfl.ch)

Expected student activities

Plan and carry out activities in a way which makes optimal use of available time

Set objectives and design an action plan to reach those objectives.

Use a work methodology appropriate to the task. Regular attendance to classes and exercise sessions and a moderate amount of homework  should suffice to complete the class requirements in a satisfactory manner

Knowledge of Matlab is recommended. Programming will be required.

Assessment methods

Homework (20%)

Mid term exam (20%)

Final written exam (60%)

Homework supervision by the course assistants (Paolo Benettin (paolo.benettin@epfl.ch), Javier  Perez-Saez (javier.perezsaez@epfl.ch), Damiano Pasetto (damiano.pasetto@epfl.ch)) is guaranteed. Teacher available in office hours and upon appointment (contact directly: andrea.rinaldo@epfl.ch)

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes

Resources

Bibliography

Slides/Class Notes

Support textbook: Water Resources Engineering, Larry W. Mays. 2nd Revised edition, 2010, Wiley & Sons, ISBN 978-0-470-46064-1

Ressources en bibliothèque
Notes/Handbook

Essentials for completion of the course will be self-contained in the Class notes -- uploaded weekly through the Moodle Platform

Moodle Link

Prerequisite for

Water Resources Engineering (ENV-424)

In the programs

Reference week

 MoTuWeThFr
8-9     
9-10     
10-11  BS270  
11-12  BC07-08
INM200
 
12-13   BC07-08
INM200
 
13-14     
14-15     
15-16     
16-17     
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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