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PA - C3B - CHI653 : Hydrology



Water is a vital resource, providing various amenities such as drinking, irrigation, navigation and sustenance in the form of fluvial fauna and flora. Water quality is a crucial component of integrated water resources management. The environmental consequences caused by the increase of pollutant loads discharged into natural water bodies are now admitted, pushing the environmental management beyond “laissez-faire” tolerance. The aim of the Hydrology course is to provide an overview of the fundamental surface and subsurface hydrological processes related to water. The course will introduce hydrologic materials and methods: fluid mechanics (including open channel flow), probability and statistics, ground water, sediment transport, numerical modelling.



Teaching staff

Maria-Helena Ramos, Research Director, INRAE

Vazken Andreassian, Deputy Scientific Director, INRAE

Kamal El Kadi Abderrezzak, Engineer Researcher Expert, HDR, EDF R&D


Course outline

  • Global hydrological cycle

- Watershed Management

- Water and energy balance, radiation, precipitation formation, infiltration, evaporation, vegetation transpiration, groundwater flow, storm runoff, and flood processes

- Hydrologic analysis and design: collection, compilation, and interpretation of data for quantification of the components of the hydrologic cycle

- Use of hydrologic variables and parameters for development, construction, and application of analytical models for selected problems in hydrology

- Flood estimation

  • Hydrologic modeling

- Introduction to hydrologic modeling concepts, including rainfall-runoff analysis, input data, uncertainty analysis, lumped and distributed modeling, parameter estimation and sensitivity analysis

- Application of models for flood forecasting and prediction of stream flows in water resource applications

  • Groundwater Hydrology

- Fundamental concepts of groundwater flow, transport and contamination

- Confined and unconfined aquifers

- Application and evaluation of methods to determine groundwater flow through Darcy’s law and pollutant transport using the advection-dispersion equation

- Determination of dispersion parameters by laboratory and field experiments

- Groundwater monitoring and sampling technology

  • Urban flood modelling

- Flow in urban areas

- Numerical modelling of urban flood inundations


This module includes 20 hours of courses, 10 hours of tutorial classes and 10 hours of practical work.


Level required: no prerequisite or basic knowledge of hydrology

Language: English

Credits ECTS: 5

Supervisor: Said Kinani, EDF

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Pour les étudiants du diplôme Echanges PEI

Le rattrapage est autorisé (Note de rattrapage conservée)
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    • Crédits ECTS acquis : 5 ECTS

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