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About CE 260 A

Theory of precipitation, run-off, infiltration, and ground water; precipitation and run-off data; and application of data for use in development of water resources. Pre/Co-requisite: CE 160.


Prereqs enforced by the system: CE 160; Technical Elective (Civil, Env); Open to degree and CDE students

Section Description

The hydrologic cycle and relevant atmospheric processes; water and energy balance; radiation; precipitation formation; evaporation; vegetation transpiration; infiltration, storm runoff, and flood processes. Routing of runoff and flood waters. Groundwater flow and the hydraulics of wells. Numerical simulation of subsurface flow and pollution transport. Risk analysis and probabilistic modeling, and basics of extreme-value theory. Data analysis and design in water resource engineering.

Section Expectation

This course combines a lecture format with some discussion. There will be two in-class mid-term exams, and a final exam. Except when there is a mid-term exam, a weekly problem set will be assigned that will require about 4-8 hours of time outside of class per week. The course does not require a textbook.


Expected grading: Two mid-term exams: 20% each Final exam: 30% Homework: 30%

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