701-0401-00L  Hydrosphere

SemesterSpring Semester 2018
LecturersR. Kipfer, W. Aeschbach
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionGerman



Courses

NumberTitleHoursLecturers
701-0401-00 VHydrosphäre2 hrs
Thu08:15-10:00HG F 1 »
R. Kipfer, W. Aeschbach

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AbstractQualitative and quantitative understanding of the physical processes that control the terrestrial water cycle. Energy and mass exchange, mixing and transport processes are described and the coupling of the hydrosphere with the atmosphere and the solid Earth are discussed.
ObjectiveQualitative and quantitative understanding of the physical processes that control the terrestrial water cycle. Energy and mass exchange, mixing and transport processes are described and the coupling of the hydrosphere with the atmosphere and the solid Earth are discussed.
ContentTopics of the course.
Physical properties of water (i.e. density and equation of state)
- global water resources
Exchange at boundaries
- energy (thermal & kinetic), gas exchange
Mixing and transport processes in open waters
- vertical stratification, large scale transport
- turbulence and mixing
- mixing and exchange processes in rivers
Groundwater and its dynamics
- ground water as part of the terrestrial water cycle
- ground water hydraulics, Darcy's law
- aquifers and their properties
- hydrochemistry and tracer
- ground water use
Case studies
- 1. Water as resource, 2. Water and climate
Lecture notesIn addition to the suggested literature handouts are distributed.
LiteratureSuggested literature.
a) Park, Ch., 2001, The Environment, Routledge, 2001
b) Price, M., 1996. Introducing groundwater. Chapman & Hall, London u.a.
Prerequisites / NoticeThe case studies and the analysis of the questions and problems are integral part of the course.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
In examination block forBachelor's Degree Programme in Environmental Sciences 2011; Version 12.01.2016 (Examination Block 2)
Bachelor's Degree Programme in Environmental Sciences 2016; Version 29.09.2023 (Examination Block 3)
Bachelor's Programme in Earth Sciences 2010; Version 24.02.2016 (Examination Block 2)
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersR. Kipfer, W. Aeschbach
Typesession examination
Language of examinationGerman
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationwritten 90 minutes
Written aidsWörterbuch für fremdsprachige Studierende. Weiteres Hilfsmittel: Geodreieck bzw. Lineal
If the course unit is part of an examination block, the credits are allocated for the successful completion of the whole block.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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ProgrammeSectionType
Interdisciplinary Sciences BachelorElectivesWInformation
Interdisciplinary Sciences BachelorElectivesWInformation
Environmental Sciences BachelorExamination Block 2OInformation
Environmental Sciences BachelorExamination Block 3OInformation