Hydrology GEOG4056

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Geographical and Earth Sciences
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2 (Alternate Years)
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course focses on the principles of hydrology, hydrological data analysis, and the use of hydrological data in resource planning.


2 hour lecture (weekly), 1 hour lab class (weekly), Day field class: to be arranged

Requirements of Entry



1. A report of no more than 1,500 words based on hydrological data.

Course Aims

The course aims to provide students with understanding of hydrological processes and the generation of river flow. The generation of hydrological data and statistical analysis methods are introduced. The course focuses on practical methods of data acquisition, in the field and laboratory, and on numerical and graphical methods of data analysis. Particular attention is given to statistical interpretation of hydrological data. These aims are achieved through lectures, laboratory practical exercises, field exercises, tutorial discussions and submitted course work.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. explain the principles of the global hydrological cycle;

2. explain the routing of precipitation through the drainage system;

3. explain and use standard statistical methods to describe hydrological time series;

4. explain the structure of hydrological balance and routing models;

5. explain and calculate extreme values of hydrological data sets;

6. use standard data analysis and graphics software to analyse hydrological data;

7. account for the uncertainties in statistical forecasting of hydrological data;

8. use hydrological data and apply automated data gathering procedures;

9. produce scientific reports, including use of established conventions for the reporting of results and analysis and the appropriate use and referencing of relevant published material.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits