Principles of Hydrology
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Hüdroloogia alused
Course title in English
Principles of Hydrology
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2023/2024 Spring semester
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lecturer of 2024/2025 Autumn semester
Not opened for teaching. Click the study programme link below to see the nominal division schedule.
Course aims
To develop systematized understanding of hydrology, including objectives, solution principles and methods of different branches of hydrology. To form base of knowledge about observation, estimation and prediction of water related multifaceted processes. Hydrological supplementation of general understanding about hydrosphere, water cycle, world waters and terrestrial water bodies.
Brief description of the course
To achieve the course objectives both an internal and external auditory work should be fulfilled at least on satisfactory credit level. Internal auditory work consists of three main modules: lecture, student presentation and control of knowledge acquisition modules.
*Lecture module consists of introduction to the water as a substance, solvent, natural resource and living environment. A common concept of water cycle will be expanded by definitions of hydrological processes and corresponding conceptual water balance equations. Subthemes will be related to the hydrology and principles of hydrologic classification of global ocean, glaciers and icebergs, together with streams, lakes and reservoirs. Subthemes will give an overview of important and unique characteristics of different water pools and water bodies together with dominant impact factors and methods for quantification of those characteristics. All material will be illustrated with examples from applied and observation hydrology.
Student presentation module consists of: a) presentations, based on highly qualified and published scientific paper on the theme related to the course themes, and b) presentations, based on freely chosen topics, related to the course themes.
Students knowledge acquisition control consists of consistent compilation of electronical answers to the corresponding questionnaires and of written examine work in the lecture hall.
An external auditory work should be related to needful preparatory job related to the indoor presentations and knowledge acquisition control work.
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- has ability to distinguish different activities according to different branches of hydrology;
- has ability, via different quantification methods to assess dominant impact factors and their relationships of different water pools and water bodies;
- has ability to orientate in hydrological data sets and corresponding information bases.
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