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This subject will investigate, both qualitatively and quantitatively, the fundamental physical and chemical processes governing groundwater flow and composition, including aquifer properties, regional geology and hydrology, water-rock interactions, and subsurface microbial activity. Field and laboratory methods used to characterize aquifer properties and groundwater chemistry, including well pumping tests, chemical tracers, and major ion and isotope analyses will also be covered. A two-day field excursion will draw together many of these concepts and topics.
Intended learning outcomes
The objectives of this subject are to
Upon completion of this subject, students should have a broad yet rigorous understanding of the physical and chemical processes influencing the distribution and quality of groundwater.
- present the basic principles of groundwater flow and chemistry in an engaging and accessible way,
- to illustrate these principles through effective hands-on learning practices (including fieldwork),
- to challenge students to conceptualize and describe dynamic groundwater processes in a quantitative way, and
- to reinforce scientific and critical thinking skills.
Students will have the opportunity to gain/practice the following generic skills: critical thinking, teamwork, data analysis and interpretation, problem solving.
Last updated: 3 November 2022