Class Description

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Dates: 20-25 August 2017

Location: University of Aberdeen, UK

Course coordinators

Professor Jeff McDonnell (University of Saskatchewan and University of Aberdeen)
Professor Doerthe Tetzlaff (University of Aberdeen)
Professor Chris Soulsby (University of Aberdeen)

Course instructors

Professor Jan Seibert (University of Zurich)
Dr. Rick Hooper (CUAHSI, USA)
Professor Jeff McDonnell (University of Saskatchewan and University of Aberdeen)
Professor Doerthe Tetzlaff (University of Aberdeen)
Professor Chris Soulsby (University of Aberdeen)
Dr. Josie Geris (University of Aberdeen)

Course overview

The Aberdeen Catchment Science Summer School is a 5-day shortcourse that is intended for post-graduate students and post-docs interested in a hands-on catchment science curriculum, focusing on northern catchments, runoff processes and combined hydrometric, isotope/chemical tracer and modelling techniques in catchment hydrology. The learning objectives for this shortcourse are to understand:

  • Rainfall-runoff processes
  • Rainfall runoff model development, use and testing
  • Hydrochemical and isotopic measurement and analyses
  • Linking field experiments with modelling approaches
  • Evolution of empirical and theoretical understanding of runoff processes
  • Landscape analysis


Enrollment in the class is limited to 30 students. Our aim is for a hands-on course experience with a low student-teacher ratio.

Course Materials

Required reading for evening discussions:

For Monday:

  • Beven, K.J. (2006) "Introduction" in Streamflow Generation Processes: Benchmark Papers in Hydrology. IAHS, Wallingford.
  • Mosley, M.P. (1979) Streamflow generation in a forested watershed, New Zealand, Water Resources Research 15: 795-806.
  • Sklash, M.G. and Farvolden, R.N. (1979) The role of groundwater in storm runoff, Journal of Hydrology 43: 45-65.
  • Pearce, A.J., Stewart, M.K., Sklash, M.G. (1986) Storm runoff generation in humid headwater catchments: 1. Where does the water come from? Water Resources Research 22, 1263–1272.
  • Sklash, M.G., Stewart, M.K., Pearce, A.J. 1986. Storm Runoff Generation in Humid Headwater Catchments: 2. A Case Study of Hillslope and Low-Order Stream Response. Water Resources Research 22(8), 1273–1282, DOI: 10.1029/WR022i008p01273.
  • McDonnell, J.J., 1990. A rationale for old water discharge through macropores in a steep, humid catchment.Water Resources Research 26 (11), 2821–2832.

These papers will be made available via dropbox, a link for which will be emailed to the class.

Additional reading material:

Students with little background in hydrology should also read Hewlett, J.D. (1982) Principles of Forest Hydrology. The University of Georgia Press, Athens. (particularly read chapters 5 and 7). This will also be made available via dropbox.

Accommodation and transportation

Students will need to make their own accommodation arrangements.

Information about traveling to campus can be found on the University of Aberdeen website.

Please plan to arrive in Aberdeen on Sunday, Aug 20 in time for an introductory talk and reception at 4 pm. Course teaching will being at 8 am on Monday, Aug 21 and continue through to Friday, Aug 25 at 4 pm.

Cost

The tuition cost for the course is £475.

Registration details

Registration for the August 2017 short course is now full. 

To inquire about putting your name on a wait list, or for further information about the short course, please contact Michelle Martel-Andre.

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