Hydrological processes including precipitation,
snowmelt, hillslope runoff, streamflow and hydrological data analysis.
Two lectures, one lab (two hours); one term
Prerequisite(s):ISCI 1A24; or one of ENVIR SC 1A03, 1B03, 1G03
Prerequisite(s)(EFFECTIVE 2013-2014): ENVIR SC 1A03 or ISCI 1A24
Cross-list: EARTH SC 2W03, ENVIR SC 2W03
Time/Term Offered: Term Two, Winter 2012-13
Instructor: Dr. P. Coulibaly
Room: General Science Building Rm. 235
Tel:(905) 525.9149 x23354
Office hours: TBA
“Hydrology is the science which deals with terrestrial waters, their occurrence, circulation, and
distribution on our planet, their physical and chemical properties, and their interactions with the
physical and biological environment, including the effect on them of human activities”.
This course will not review all the major topics in hydrology, but will focus upon the major
hydrological processes that occur above the ground surface, using examples mainly from the
temperate latitudes. Emphases will be placed upon:
· understanding the principles of hydrology
· quantification of the hydrological processes
· analysis of hydrological data
Hydrology is closely related to other fields in atmospheric, environmental, and earth sciences
and therefore ENVIR SC 1A03 or ISCI 1A24 is recommended as a prerequisite to 2W03.
This course will evolve around the water balance concept and will be partitioned into the
· hydrological cycle and water balance
· spatial and temporal variations of precipitation
· snow cover and snowmelt
· evaporation and evapotranspiration
· infiltration and hillslope runoff
· streamflow measurement and analysis
· unit hydrograph and channel-flow routing techniques
· flood frequency analysis
Wednesday: 08:30 - 09:20,
Friday: 10:30 - 11:20
L01 (Thursday: 14:30 -16:20 BSB/238)
L02 (Tuesday: 15:30 – 17:20 BSB/B142)
L03 (Wednesday: 12:30 –14:20) BSB/122)
L04 (Thursday: 11:30–13:20) BSB/238)
L05 (Monday: 15:30–17:20) BSB/238)
Required Text Books/Course materials:
Course work includes labs, mid-term test, and a final examination.
The marks will be distributed approximately as follows:
Labs* 25% (* 5% of the lab mark per day for late submission)
Mid-term test 25%
Final Exam 50%
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