This course is designed to provide students with a strong quantitative and conceptual understanding of groundwater flow, contaminant transport, well hydraulics, and site characterization methods. The course will begin with the basics of hydrogeology – porosity, permeability, and Darcy’s Law. From these foundational principles, the student will progress into content that applies to environmental consulting, water supply, and civil/geotechnical engineering problems. These skills would serve a geologist, engineer, or environmental scientist in any of the aforementioned disciplines, while also preparing the student for follow-on courses in groundwater modeling, aquifer test analysis, or modern site characterization methods.
Students who complete this course successfully will be able to:
- Apply foundational hydrogeologic concepts to a specific site; using individual groundwater elevation measurements to assess advective groundwater flow direction and magnitude.
- Visualize groundwater flow direction with three-point problems and potentiometric surface maps.
- Determine hydraulic conductivity via laboratory tests, pump tests, slug tests, and grain-size distribution.
- Characterize a contaminated site with various drilling, exploration, and high-resolution subsurface
- Use site-specific data (hydraulic conductivity, groundwater elevation, topography, and
recharge/discharge) to build a conceptual water budget.
- Begin to understand how the conceptual water budget can be used to develop a numerical groundwater
Recommended Texts and Materials (Note: No textbooks besides the written course content are required, but if a student wants to pursue a career in hydrogeology, these texts are important to obtain)
- Cherry, R.A. and J.A. Freeze, 1979. Groundwater, 1 st Edition, Prentice-Hall, Inc., New Jersey.
- Fetter, C.W., 2001. Applied Hydrogeology, 4 th Edition, Prentice-Hall, Inc., New Jersey.
- Driscoll, F.G., 2007. Groundwater & Wells, 3 rd Edition, edited by R.J. Sterrett, Smyth Co Inc., Minnesota.
- Online content: http://www.people.ku.edu/~jfdevlin/Software.html – various spreadsheet solutions for