EAE3331 - Catchment hydrology - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

School of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor David Dunkerley


Associate Professor David Dunkerley

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


6 points of level 2 EAE, ESC, Human geography, or Geographical science units


ATS2545, ATS3545, ESC3545 and;

Permission by the unit coordinator is required for students in S6002 who are undertaking the Environmental Security (Science) specialisation.


Water is one of the critical resources that supports human settlement and food production. This unit introduces the hydrological processes that distribute water through catchment areas and explores the way in which many human activities, such as the growth of urban areas, deforestation, and the use and control of fire, may disturb these processes. A series of laboratory classes introduce students to some of the technical aspects of hydrologic processes, such as nature and measurement of infiltration through soils, and the behaviour of groundwater and surface runoff.


On satisfactory completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the importance of hydrological processes in water catchments to human activity, and the vulnerability of hydrological processes to manipulation by human activity.
  2. Describe how rising human appropriation of fresh water globally poses challenges for security of water and food supply
  3. Describe how hydrological processes vary among climates (arid to wet tropical) and through time, as regional and global climates undergo change.
  4. Describe key hydrological processes as explored in practical classes, including canopy interception, infiltration, seepage, and overland flow.
  5. Carry out laboratory experiments dealing with key hydrological processes.


Examination (2 hours): 40%

Laboratory class reports: 20%

Research project: 40%

Workload requirements

Three 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour laboratory class per week

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