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ESC3190 - Hydrogeology and environmental geophysics

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Science

Leader(s): Dr Ian Cartwright


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


Advanced concepts of groundwater flow. Sustainable use of groundwater resources. Chemistry of groundwater and water rock interaction. Groundwater-surface water interactions. Contaminant transport in groundwater. Monitoring hydrogeological processes using remote sensing and geophysical techniques.


On completion of this unit a student will understand: the hydrologic cycle, in particular groundwater; the physical controls on groundwater flow and the impacts that pumping, artificial recharge and land use changes have on natural flow systems; the origins of solutes in groundwater and water-rock interaction; groundwater-surface water interaction; origins, transport, and fate of contaminants such as organic compounds and metals; and the use of remote sensing and geophysical techniques to monitor hydrogeological processes.


Examination (3 hours): 60%
Laboratory work/assignments/field excursions: 40%

Contact hours

Two 1-hour lectures and one 3-hour practical per week, and one 1 or 2-day field excursion



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