Aug 18, 2022  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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CV 4100 - Hydrology

4 lecture hours 0 lab hours 4 credits
Course Description
This course provides in-depth coverage of the principles of hydrology, building upon the introductory material covered in CV 310 . Topics include the hydrologic principles and analysis, frequency analysis and risk, hydrologic flood routing of reservoirs and streams, hydrologic simulation using HEC-HMS, urban hydrology, radar rainfall estimates, the use of GIS hydrologic analysis, and watershed erosion and reservoir sedimentation. (prereq: CV 310 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Develop design flow rates (low flow, peak flow, flow duration, firm yield, design hydrographs) for engineering designs  
  • Calculate infiltration, evapotranspiration, snowmelt, and runoff using various methods.
  • Disaggregate hydrographs into base and wet weather flow components
  • Apply appropriate methods to determine time of concentration
  • Develop synthetic hydrographs
  • Apply unit hydrographs to develop storm hydrographs
  • Characterize, using statistical methods, raw river flow and precipitation data
  • Estimate return intervals of extreme hydrologic phenomena
  • Perform hydrologic routing of flow through reservoirs and streams
  • Perform hydrologic modeling of a watershed using a computer model (i.e. HEC-HMS)
  • Estimate erosion potential of soils and impacts of sedimentation on reservoirs
  • Use geographic information systems to obtain hydrologic data

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Hydrologic principles 
  • Hydrologic analysis
  • Frequency analysis 
  • Hydrologic Flood routing 
  • Hydrologic simulation (HEC-HMS) 
  • Urban hydrology 
  • GIS applications in hydrology 
  • Radar rainfall applications in hydrology 
  • Erosion and sedimentation 
  • Severe storm impacts and flood management 

Dr. William Gonwa

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