CEG8525 : Hydrosystems Processes and Data Analysis

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aim of this module is to introduce a wide range of hydrosystems processes, including catchment systems concepts, spatial and temporal data analysis methods and hydrological-meteorological instrumentation operation and deployment.
The module provides the basic understanding expected of an aspiring hydrologist, especially the fundamental features of water flow and contaminant and sediment transport through the land phase of the hydrological cycle, how human activity impacts upon and interacts with these features, and the methods used to measure and analyse the flows and relevant river catchment characteristics. Taking a catchment based approach using the water balance concept to fully analyse hydro-meteorological processes, subsurface and surface flow regimes. Interactions and assessment of anthropogenic impacts and infrastructure that alter hydrosystems are included. The role of informatics technologies in data measurement and processing, design of data monitoring networks and data processing in time and space. The goal is to provide training in the preparation of client type reports, including an assignment based on field data, site visits, stakeholder engagement and determining commonly used metrics.

Outline Of Syllabus

The Water Balance Concept
Components of the Water Balance
•       Catchment physiographic characteristics and hydro-meteorological networks
•       Rainfall processes and data
•       Evaporation processes and data
•       Soil water processes and data
•       Runoff processes and data
•       Groundwater process and data
•       Streamflow processes and data
•       Sediment and contaminant processes and data
•       Spatial and temporal analysis of the data
•       Anthropogenic needs and management approaches that alter catchment processes
•       Metrics for data analysis to create catchment characteristics
•       Creation of metrics and data sets to support a catchment management plans or modelling exercise

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture121:0012:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion135:0035:00Report Preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:0040:00Exam preparation
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion122:0022:00presentation preparation
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical13:003:00Group Presentations including reviews of other teams work
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading123:3023:30Background reading and additional information
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:301:30Examination
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops33:009:00Using a range of informatics tools and methods
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops124:0024:00Case Study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesWorkshops63:0018:00Each session will start with a short lecture
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork16:006:00Flow Gauging Methods
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesFieldwork23:006:00Experiments using field equipment
Jointly Taught With
Code Title
CEG8501Quantitative Methods for Engineering
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The main rationale for the teaching methods employed on this module is to engage and give a solid grounding the student at the outset of their MSc programmes, and to place in context ALL of the subsequent modules.
Therefore, an appropriate mix of lectures, interactive workshops, experimental work using state of the art equipment and facilities. An in depth case study for Newcastle and the River Ouseburn, linking to The Urban Observatory, the National Green Infrastructure facility and the Novak Laboratory. Hands on workshops will acquire, distil and report on range of spatial and temporal data sets. Students will work in groups to aid the data synthesis and reporting process.These methods are appropriate because they provide the student with an integrated programme of theory (lectures) and practical hands-on application (workshops and experimental work

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A50N/A
Oral Presentation301A25N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Case study1M25N/A
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam will assess the individual students understanding of fundamental theoretical concepts. The development of material and delivery of the oral presentation will be assessed to cover skills in group working and understanding and concise presentation of a wide range of material. The individual written report assesses the student’s individual understanding in depth of the course material and concepts, as well their report writing skills.

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