Individual Module Outline
Course module - Environmental Monitoring & Modelling in Practice
Code : GEOG70552 Credit rating: 15 Semester : 2
To provide practical experience of environmental monitoring and modelling.
Intended learning outcomes
By the end of the course unit, students should have:
developed their environmental monitoring and modelling skills in a range of contexts;
had practical experience of model development and application in a specific environmental context;
gained understanding of the use of, and problems associated with, modelling approaches in environmental science.
used industry standard software used in environmental consultancy and developed their understanding of the application of these modelling approaches in environmental consultancy.
experience of using industry standard software for hydrological modelling, river modelling, GIS analysis, and flood mapping and flood damage calculation.
understand principals and practice of UK flood hydrology
understanding of temporal and spatial sampling strategies in environmental monitoring;
the ability to estimate design flows and determine flood return periods
Assessment will be on the Course Unit as a whole. Students must complete, to a satisfactory standard:
Summative assessment for the course unit will have two components:
(a) A report on hydrological modelling in Upper North grain (50%)
(b) Completion of practical books (50%).
Feedback will be provided through formative assessed practical work.
This is semester two course which consists of two weekly two hour sessions.
Brief description of unit
Course Unit Modules
The course comprises two practical modelling modules which cover hydrological modelling
1. Environmental Modelling and Consultancy (AL)
2. Monitoring and Modelling Hydrological Fluxes from a south Pennine Catchmentthe (CA ).
Content of Module 1 modelling in consultancy
Students will develop skills required for a career in environmental consultancy or research though a blend lectures, and computer practicals, developing skills in data analysis, GIS, hydrological and hydraulic modelling in the context of river basins. Themes should include:
1. Flood hydrology - Flood Estimation Handbook (FEH)
2. Hydrological modelling - Rainfall runoff modelling
3. River modelling 1D & 2D hydraulic modelling
4. Flood mapping & damage calculation - Catchment Flood Manageme Plans
5. Mountain catchments Hydrological modelling in mountain areas
6. Water resource modelling Case study Rift Valley Ethiopia
Content of Module 2 (Monitoring & Modelling Hydrological Fluxes)
Develop their understanding of errors and scale through water balance analysis.
use historical data to develop hydrological model(s) for use in the study catchment;
use the model(s) to explore catchment hydrological sensitivity and flow characteristics.
Course Materials and Handouts (current students only)
Unit is taught through a series of lectures and practical sessions
Lecture: Every Monday throughout semester 2: 10am - 12pm: Roscoe 1.007
Practical Sessions: Every Monday throughout semester 1: 1pm - 3pm: Humanities Bridgeford Street Computer Cluster 2.2
Learning and teaching processes
Davie,T.2003 Fundamentals of hydrology. Routledge, London.
Beven, K., 2000, Rainfall-Runoff Modelling. John Wiley and Sons, Chichester.
Goudie, A., et al. (Eds.), 1994. Geomorphological Techniques (2nd Edition). Routledge, London.
Hardisty, J., Taylor, D. M., and Metcalfe, S. E., 1993. Computerised Environmental Modelling: A Practical Introduction Using Excel. John Wiley and Sons, Chichester.
Kirkby, M. J., Naden, P. S., Burt, T. P., and Butcher, D. P., 1993. Computer Simulation in Physical Geography (2nd Edition). John Wiley and Sons, Chichester
Shaw,E. 1999 Hydrology in practice 3rd . edn. Chapman and Hall, London.
Ward,R.C. & Robinson,M. 1990 Principles of Hydrology, McGraw-Hill, London.
Wilson, E. M., 1990 Engineering hydrology. 4th ed. Macmillan,Basingstoke
W.M.O. 1974 Guide to hydrological practices. WMO, Geneva.