Hydrology and water cycle
Weather and climate are intimately related to the hydrological cycle and the land-surface processes. The interaction is two-way. On the one hand, precipitation and evaporation drive the terrestrial hydrological system with important implications for ecosystems and our economy (e.g. floods and droughts). On the other hand, land-surface processes affect the overlying atmosphere and thereby the climate system. This module provides an introduction into the hydrological sciences, with particular consideration of the weather / climate / land-surface link. The curriculum gives particular consideration to students with a solid background in atmospheric and climate science.
To provide an introduction to
- the basic physical concepts in the hydrological sciences,
- hydrological extremes (floods and droughts),
- land-surface processes, and
- selected issues in water resources.
The module will enable to students to
- use standard hydrological measurement techniques,
- exploit statistical techniques for the assessment of hydrological extremes,
- develop and apply methods for hydrological prediction,
- work with land-surface models (in climate, weather and hydrological models),
- use national and international data bases in the hydrological sciences,
- assess environmental issues related to climate change and land-use changes.
Module course list
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