Coursebooks

Hydrology for engineers

ENV-221

Lecturer(s) :

Benettin Paolo
Rinaldo Andrea

Language:

English

Summary

"Hydrology for Engineer" 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 I: Types, variability, characterization. 
  3. Precipitation II: Frequency analysis and return period
  4. Evaporation and plant transpiration
  5. Infiltration and soil processes
  6. Surface hydrology I: runoff and streamflow
  7. Surface hydrology II: hydrologic response and IUH
  8. Subsurface hydrology I:  saturated flow. Porous formations. Well hydraulics.
  9. Subsurface hydrology II:  saturated flow. Porous formations. Well hydraulics.
  10. Floods I: Hydrologic and hydraulic design
  11. Floods II: Hydrologic and hydraulic design
  12. Droughts: water scarcity, scenarios of climate change, vegetation stress
  13. Towards a fair distribution of water: streamflow, principles of ecohydrology
  14. Principles of hydrologic transport: residence time distributions, basin scale transport

Keywords

Hydrology, hydrologic design, hydrologic model, floods

Learning Prerequisites

Recommended courses

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

Informatics and programming (especially in MATLAB)

Science du sol

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

The additional reading 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, upon request to the ECHO laboratory secretary)

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

Programming will be required.

Assessment methods

Supervision

Office hours Yes
Assistants Yes
Forum Yes
Others Please contact the teachers by e-mail to fix an appointment

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  BC07-08
INM202
  
11-12    
12-13     
13-14     
14-15     
15-16 CM1120   
16-17    
17-18     
18-19     
19-20     
20-21     
21-22     
 
      Lecture
      Exercise, TP
      Project, other

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  • Lecture in French
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