MSc Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Reconstruction / Course details
Year of entry: 2018
Course unit details:
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||School of Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences|
|Available as a free choice unit?||Yes|
Contaminant transport, secondary oil recovery, engineering geology, geothermal eneregy production, metal, oil & gas exploration are just some of the applied areas in which an understanding of hydrogeology is useful, if not essential. EART60461 introduce somes of the key concepts required for the understanding of the movement of fluids within the Earth's crust and of movement (including dispersion) of chemical constituents within these fluids.
Upon the successful completion of the module, students should be able to
* outline the major factors controlling the movement of groundwater,
* quantify such movement given appropriate well test or other data,
* outline the key characteristics of the major exploited aquifers within the UK
* demonstrate an understanding of the physical and chemical influences on the quality of groundwater resources and their vulnerability to contamination from human activities
* outline the variations of major elements in unpolluted waters as well as the sources and nature of key inorganic and organic pollutants,
* understand the principles of dispersion of pollutants in groundwater,
* appreciate the critical factors in the design of landfill waste disposal sites, particularly with regard to groundwater protection,
* quantify dispersion of pollutants given appropriate data
* demonstrate an in-depth understanding of one aspect of the above
 Introduction: definition, related disciplines, applications, aquifer properties.
 Fluid flow in aquifers: Darcy's Law.
 Fluid flow in aquifers: Flow Nets, Modelling Fluid Flow, Numerical Methods.
 Aquifer properties and their determination from pump tests.
 British aquifers: key characteristics of important aquifers.
 Groundwater chemistry: natural controls and variability.
 Groundwater pollution: nature of pollutants as chemicals; sources and behaviour.
 Chemical dispersion: patterns, processes and prediction.
 Disposal of waste by landfill: landfill site design and aquifer protection.
 Landfill leachates: chemical evolution and gas generation.
Theory exam (40 %)
Prac exam (27 %)
Project (33 %)
Feedback on practicals and presentations will be made during practical classes.
Feedback on all formal assessment will be made via Blackboard and/or through a centrally arranged class feedback session.
Appelo, C.A.J. & Postma, D. (1993) Geochemistry, groundwater and pollution. Balkema, Rotterdam, 536pp. [Especially chapters 1, 2 & 9]
Price, M. (1995). Introducing Groundwater. Chapman and Hall, London, 195pp.
Directive 2000/60/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2000 establishing a framework for Community action in the field of water policy
Domenico, P.A. & Schwartz, F.W. (1990). Physical & Chemical Hydrogeology. Wiley, New York, 824pp. [Especially chapters 3,4,7-9, 11-15]
And research papers as recommended during the course including: Benner et al. (2008) Applied Geochemistry 23, 3072-3087; Burgess, WG et al. (2010) Nature Geoscience 3, 83-87; Charlet, L. and Polya, D.A. (2006) Elements, 2, 91-96; Harvey et al. (2002) Science 208 1602-1606; Polya, D.A. and Charlet, L. (2009) Nature Geoscience, 2, 383-384.
UK Groundwater Forum http://www.groundwateruk.org/
This course-unit description was reviewed and updated (DAP) on 4 October 2012
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||20|
|Independent study hours|