Applied Hydrogeology in Alberta

  • 39 hour course, no prerequisites

The course will intro­duce the prac­tice of hydro­ge­ol­o­gy as gen­er­al­ly applied in Alber­ta. Three areas of hydro­ge­ol­o­gy will be explored, with empha­sis on con­di­tions in Alber­ta. These areas include:(1) Hydro­ge­o­log­i­cal Site Assess­ment, (2) Ground­wa­ter Resource Eval­u­a­tion and Man­age­ment, and (3) Ground­wa­ter Mon­i­tor­ing. Top­ics will include prin­ci­ples and prac­tices of con­t­a­m­i­nat­ed site assess­ment, reg­u­la­to­ry con­sid­er­a­tions, con­cep­tu­al mod­els, envi­ron­men­tal risk man­age­ment, and ground­wa­ter reme­di­a­tion. Meth­ods of char­ac­ter­iz­ing region­al base­line hydro­ge­ol­o­gy, ground­wa­ter resource quan­ti­ty and qual­i­ty, and ground­wa­ter vul­ner­a­bil­i­ty will be cov­ered, along with dis­cus­sion of issues such as ground­wa­ter mod­el­ling, water­shed man­age­ment, ground­wa­ter-sur­face water inter­ac­tion, and impli­ca­tions of cli­mate change. Also con­sid­ered will be the key ele­ments of design­ing an effec­tive ground­wa­ter mon­i­tor­ing pro­gram both on a local and a region­al scale.

Course at a glance
What you will learn

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Describe the key elements of hydrogeological characterization in terms of groundwater flow and groundwater quality, on a local or regional scale.
  • Conceptualize the management of potential risks posed by groundwater contamination in the context of Alberta regulations.
  • Understand the concept and manifestations of regional groundwater flow.
  • Explain how groundwater resource evaluation is conducted in Alberta.
  • Understand Alberta’s groundwater regulatory framework.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of current and emerging groundwater and water management issues in Alberta.
Take note:

  • Bring a scientific calculator, ruler, pencil, eraser, and paper for each day of class.
  • While there are no prerequisites for this course, prior knowledge of the following is recommended for student success: knowledge of Earth materials and processes; basic mathematics skills for manipulating equations; basic understanding of physics (e.g. force, pressure, and energy); basic chemistry; use of spreadsheets (e.g. Excel).
  • Course assessment includes work and assignments outside of class times; in-class exams may also be included.
  • Post-course work is required and facilitated through eClass.
  • Please bring your own laptop or tablet to class; Wi-Fi is available.
This course has no prerequisites

Students from all educational backgrounds welcome. You can register for this course without applying and enrolling in a program.

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