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Cursus: GEO2-4203
Physical Hydrology
Cursus informatie
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / Niveau2 (Bachelor Verdiepend)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geowetenschappen; Undergraduate School Geowetenschappen; B Aardwetenschappen;
Contactpersoondr. M.T.H. van Vliet
dr. M.R. Hendriks
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dr. M.T.H. van Vliet
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TimeslotB: DI-ochtend, DO-middag, DO-namiddag
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Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 03-06-2019 08:00 t/m 30-06-2019 23:59
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
Na-inschrijving geopendvanaf 19-08-2019 08:00 t/m 20-08-2019 23:59
Please note: the information in the course manual is binding.
After completing the course, students are familiar with the basic terms and major laws that describe steady-state water flow in the subsurface and at the surface. They are also knowledgeable of some aspects of atmospheric water, such as the generation of precipitation, measurement of precipitation, and the estimation of evaporation, as well as of a number of methods for estimating surface water discharges in small streams. After completing the course, students are able to calculate volume fluxes and/or volume flux densities for a number of steady-state water-flow cases.

Basic terms are hydraulic head, elevation head, pressure head, velocity head, (effective) porosity, field capacity, transmissivity, hydraulic resistance, (un)saturated hydraulic conductivity, soil moisture characteristic, pF, hysteresis, wilting point, available soil water for plants, gross precipitation, net precipitation, interception, open-water evaporation, potential evaporation, actual evaporation, interception evaporation, hydrograph separation, baseflow, quickflow, overland flow, throughflow, electrical conductivity, EC-routing, etc. Major laws are the energy equation (Bernoulli's law), the water balance equation (continuity), and the flow equation (Darcy's law or the Darcy-Buckingham equation).
Exploring the principal rules that govern the flow of water, this course considers the four major types of water: atmospheric, ground, soil, and surface. With human activity and prevailing climate conditions placing more pressure on our supply of water than ever before, there has never been a more important time to develop a sound understanding of the subject. Physical Hydrology is the perfect course for you to develop this understanding.

Position in the curriculum
GEO2-4203 Physical Hydrology provides useful hydrological knowledge and analytical skills in Hydrology for BSc level 3 Earth Sciences courses such as GEO3-1330 Water in GEO-processes, GEO3-4301 Soil and water contamination, certain modules of GEO3-1320 Programming and modelling earth processes, as well as for MSc Earth Sciences courses such as GEO4-1434 Principles of groudwater flow, GEO4-4404 Land Surface Hydrology, GEO4-4417 Unsaturated zone hydrology and GEO4-4406 Land surface process modelling.

Transferable Skills:
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Strong work ethics
  • Analytical/quantitative skills
  • Technical skills

GEO2-4203 Physical Hydrology is also offered as a distance learning course, tailor-made to a student’s individual programme. However, because the distance learning course provides an additional opportunity to master the subject, a different set of rules and regulations applies. For information on the distance learning course, please contact the course coordinator!

This course is the entry requirement for: GEO3-1330 Water in GEO processes.
Je moet voldoen aan de volgende eisen
  • Ingeschreven voor één van de volgende opleidingen
    • Aardwetenschappen
Working knowledge of secondary school physics and mathematics at Dutch VWO level or equivalent is assumed.
Verplicht materiaal
GEO2-4203 Physical Hydrology (pdf file)
Hendriks, Martin R. (2010). Introduction to Physical Hydrology. Oxford University Press.
Assignments and study tips

Examples of exam questions are included as exercises in the textbook. Both a test bank of multiple choice questions and an example of a groundwater hydraulics exam are provided in the Online Resource Centre (ORC) (see course guide). In Blackboard, additional exercises and individual exercises are provided. With all exercises, it is important that you reflect on the problem solving strategy!

It is not recommended to take this course as a third course (7.5 EC) during an academic period (10 weeks).


You need to make sure that you have access to the textbook before the start of the course!

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten
For every lecture session, students should read the outlined study material before the start of the lecture.


Minimum cijfer-

5 assignment deadlines and best-effort obligation: all (home) assignments and calculations of the exercises must be completed on time and to the full satisfaction of the coordinator. If the best-effort obligation is NOT fulfilled, the student is NOT entitled to a resit exam. 5 tests: assessment of theoretical knowledge (~ 30%) and practical analytical skills (~ 70%). For further information on grading specifics: see course guide.

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