Geology Department-SUNY College at Cortland
Lecture/Laboratory: Lecture: Monday, 4:25-6:10P; Lab/Field/Lecture Session: 339 Bowers Hall
Laboratory: Field Trips, Guest Lectures, Associated Exercises, Associated Lectures: Tuesday, 2:50-5:25; the laboratory session on Tuesday will be a combination of field trips, guest speakers, laboratory exercises or lectures as deemed appropriate by the instructor.
Course Description: This course will center upon the source, distribution, movement and potential sensitivity of surface, vadose zone (unsaturated zone), and groundwater in a geologic and geomorphic context. Topics will be distributed approximately equally between surface water hydrology, catchment or watershed hydrology, vadose zone hydrology, groundwater hydrology (both regolith and fracture flow) and groundwater modeling. This course will prepare the student for further work in hydrologic modeling and water quality modeling, for employment in government and consulting positions and entrance into graduate programs in the hydrologic sciences, environmental and geologic sciences, all of which increasingly require knowledge in hydrology as a part of the core of the geosciences.
Required Texts/Other Resources:
a) Hornberger, Raffensperger, Wiberg and Eshleman. 1998. Elements of Physical Hydrology. (in bookstore)
Johnston. 1996. Hydrogeology of the Tully Valley and Characterization
Mudboil Activity, Onon.
Resources Investigations Report 96-4043 (provided)
T.S., et al.
1998. Hydrogeology and Simulation of Groundwater
Flow in a
Glacial-Aquifer System at
Instructor and Office Hours: Dr. C.P. Cirmo, 341 Bowers Hall, 753-2924, firstname.lastname@example.org . General office hours will be posted during the first week of classes. Meetings can be arranged for other times at the convenience of the student and instructor, and are highly encouraged.. Since I have been away for 15 months and do not know many of you, please stop in to chat so we can get acquainted and discuss your goals with the course and with the department.
Three Lecture Exams 50% (15% for Exam 1, 15% for exam 2 and 20% for the final exam)
Problem Sets/Homework 30%
Policy: See Student
Official attendance policy. Students are
expected to be present at all lectures and field trips unless otherwise
discussed and agreed upon with the instructor.
this web site, the student can find the “Course
contains a day-to-day listing of topics and related
activities/assignments/readings etc. It is important that you get completely
familiar with this site. The slides used
in the course will also be available on this site, for each lecture
Lecture Topics: ( a tentative list)
1. Hydrology, Water and the Watershed
2. Units, Conversions and General Quantitation
3. Catchment Hydrology, Water Budgets, Watershed Delineation
4. Atmospheric Water
5. Runoff, Stream Discharge and Channel Hydraulics, Hydrograph Analysis
6. Soil Moisture and Vadose Zone Characteristics
7. Groundwater Mechanics and Hydraulics
Flow and Wells
9. Spatial Hydrology and the Watershed Catchment
correspond roughly with the Chapters in Hornberger et al. 1998, as
assigned. The problem sets assigned from
some of those chapters, along with stand-alone exercises, will assist
Laboratory: The purpose of the laboratory exercises is to give the student hands-on experience with understanding the sources, distribution and fate of water in a typical water supply, as well as to use the
Field Trips/Laboratory Trips/Project Work (examples):
Hoxie Gorge Stream Gaging
If you are a student with a disability and wish to request accommodations, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services located in B-40 Van Hoesen Hall 0r call 607-753-2066 for an appointment. Information regarding your disability will be treated in a confidential manner. Because many accommodations require early planning, requests for accommodations should be made as early as possible.