Courses in Hydrogeology


UNDERGRADUATE

EESC07F GROUNDWATER - FALL term evening course

This is a basic groundwater hydrology course dealing with the physical aspects of groundwater flow. One year of university-level mathematics, a good understanding of basic physics and knowledge of geology and/or physical geography will prove beneficial. The course begins with the theory of groundwater flow and aquifer storage, and follows with a review of typical hydrogeological environments. Subsequently during the term, more applied subjects are introduced until all the major elements of a groundwater resource evaluation program are covered. These elements include the regional water balance, resource analysis techniques and various methods of aquifer investigation (test pumping, geophysics and simple flow models). Evaluation is normally based on course assignments (20%), mid-term exam(s) (30%) and final exam (50%).
NOTE: For students who are currently taking this course, course material, assignments etc. can be found at http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~gwater/EESC07/ (password required)

EESD02S CONTAMINANT HYDROGEOLOGY - evenings - WINTER term - NOT CURRENTLY OFFERED

Students considering this course require a good basic understanding in chemistry and mathematics (in each case, at least one year university level). Contaminant Hydrogeology examines all aspects related to the transport of chemicals in the groundwater system. Topics cover most, if not all of the following: the development and application of contaminant transport equations; geochemical processes affecting natural water chemistry (including lithology and groundwater residence); environmental isotopes and their use in groundwater investigation; water quality standards; contaminant sources (inorganic and organic); landfill site selection and design. Evaluation will normally be based on course assignments (20%), mid-term exam (20%) and final exam (60%). NOTE: For students who are currently taking this course, course material, assignments etc. can be found at http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~gwater/EESD02/ (password required)

 

COSTA RICA Undergraduate Geology Field Camp (every two years)


GRADUATE

JGN2607H ADVANCED TECHNIQUES IN HYDROGEOLOGY This course is flexible and can be tailored to the interests of the student. It must, however, be agreed upon with the instructor. Normally it includes components of the undergraduate courses (see above) combined with a minor research project. This project may include laboratory or field study, but most frequently will involve the use of numerical groundwater flow and transport models to investigate a hydrogeological problem for which data are available. The project will be carried out independently and is most suited for students who are self-motivated and enjoy basic research. Evaluation will be based on one or more examinations, weekly assignments, and a research report.


EES1113 GROUNDWATER HYDROCHEMISTRY AND CONTAMINANT TRANSPORT

This course focuses on groundwater contamination and the various methods used to investigate, assess and evaluate the movement and behavior of contaminants in the subsurface. It has a strong component of basic groundwater flow and aquifer storage. Emphasis will be on urban groundwater issues with case study examples taken from North America, Europe, central Asia and Africa.

EES1108 COSTA RICA GRADUATE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FIELD COURSE (every two years)


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