Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Groundwater Chemistry

This course has already been delivered or dates are currently being arranged. Please submit an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified of future dates.

The course provides an understanding of the fundamental principles and factors that control and influence groundwater chemistry, rock-water reaction rates, and the application to various operational contexts.

The course will show you how to:

  • develop and apply appropriate sampling and analytical approaches to collection and interpretation of hydro-chemical data
  • predict changes using a range of appropriate modelling approaches.
Accredited by:
Accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Groundwater Chemistry accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

Objectives and Outline

Groundwater Chemistry

Course Objectives

Upon completion of the course, delegates will understand:

  • the influences that control the chemical composition of groundwater
  • the importance of acid-base and oxidation/reduction reactions in natural environments
  • controls on occurrence and transport of organic solutes
  • biogeochemical influences on groundwater chemistry
  • the significance of analytical uncertainty and natural variability
  • the principles of isotope geochemistry to interpret and predict groundwater evolution

Delegates will be able to:

  • choose an appropriate sampling and analytical approach to undertake hydro-chemical investigations
  • represent, interrogate and interpret groundwater chemistry data
  • use simple equilibrium calculations to describe natural aqueous systems
  • use simple models to predict changes in groundwater chemistry

Course Outline

  • Groundwater in the hydrological cycle
  • Groundwater - surface water interactions
  • Governing principles of the occurrence of inorganic solutes in groundwater
  • Controls on groundwater chemistry I: Dissolution and precipitation
  • Sampling and analysis of groundwaters, and design of monitoring schemes
  • Representation, interpretation and interrogation of groundwater chemistry
  • Practical exercises in representation, interpretation and interrogation of groundwater chemistry
  • Controls on groundwater chemistry II: pH, acids & bases
  • Controls on groundwater chemistry III: Sorption, complexation & ion exchange
  • Controls on groundwater chemistry IV: Redox reactions
  • Controls on groundwater chemistry V: Tutorial
  • Organic solutes and colloids and their transport
  • Controls on groundwater chemistry V: biogeochemical influences
  • Groundwater microbiological and vulnerability
  • Predicting changes in groundwater chemistry
  • Case study: effect of metal precipitation on borehole yields
  • Case study: Saline groundwater
  • Principles and application of environmental tracers
Accredited by:
Accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management Groundwater Chemistry accredited by Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

This course has already been delivered or dates are currently being arranged. Please submit an Expression of Interest if you would like to be notified of future dates.

Further Information

Groundwater Chemistry

Prerequisites

Prerequisite knowledge

To attend the course, you should have a reasonable level of knowledge of the following topics:

  • Competency in maths and chemistry above GCSE level (through training/experience if not at AS or A-level); some prior background in basic groundwater hydraulics such as recharge processes, hydraulic conductivity, transmissivity, groundwater flow patterns.

Please contact the Professional Development Unit if you require further information.

Academic Module Outline

This course is also delivered as a Module (code CEG8522) on at least one of the Faculty's Masters programmes, the majority of which can be studied part time, making them suitable for those in employment. You will attend with full and part time registered students. The Academic Module Outline is available via the University's Module Catalogue.

Update to Course Content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.

Presenters

Groundwater Chemistry

Presenters

Newcastle University
  • Dr Geoff Parkin (Course Leader)
  • Dr Neil Gray
  • Dr Adam Jarvis
  • Dr David Werner
Industry Professionals

Fees

Groundwater Chemistry

Fees

  • Groundwater Chemistry
    • £1325

We offer a 30 percent discount to full time students and to Newcastle University staff.

The course fee includes tuition, course materials, lunch and refreshments.

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Formal assessment may be available for this Course. Assessment attracts an additional fee of £365, and delegates will be issued with a transcript and Certificate of Credit Achieved. Owing to visa restrictions the assessment option is not available to international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA).