5th Annual Aberdeen Catchment Science Summer School

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August 17 - 22, 2014

Where?

University of Aberdeen, Northern Rivers Institute, Aberdeen, UK

 Aberdeen

Photos: Sim Reaney and Björn Thomas

Course coordinators

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

Course instructors

Professor Keith Beven (University of Lancaster)
Dr. Rick Hooper (CUAHSI, USA)
Professor Jeff McDonnell (University of Saskatchewan and University of Aberdeen)
Professors Chris Soulsby and Doerthe Tetzlaff (University of Aberdeen)
and others

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

The text for the shortcourse will be the IAHS Benchmark Papers volumes on Streamflow Generation (by Keith Beven) and Rainfall-Runoff Modeling (by Keith Loague). Selections from these books will be made available to students during the shortcourse.

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 (PDFs attached):

For Monday:

  • Loague, K. (2010) "Introduction" in Rainfall-Runoff Modelling: Benchmark Papers in Hydrology. IAHS, Wallingford. PDF
  • Mosley, M.P. (1979) Streamflow generation in a forested watershed, New Zealand, Water Resources Research 15: 795-806. PDF
  • Sklash, M.G. and Farvolden, R.N. (1979) The role of groundwater in storm runoff, Journal of Hydrology 43: 45-65. PDF
  • 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. PDF.
  • 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. PDF.

For Tuesday:

  • Beven, K.J. (2006) "Introduction" in Streamflow Generation Processes: Benchmark Papers in Hydrology. IAHS, Wallingford. PDF
  • Beven, K.J. and Kirkby, M.J. (1979) A physically based, variable contributing area model of basin hydrology, Hydrological Sciences-Bulletin-des Sciences Hydrologiques 24(1): 3. PDF
  • Freeze, R.A. and Harlan, R.L. (1969) Blueprint for a physically-based digitally-simulated hydrologic response model, Journal of Hydrology 9: 237-258. PDF
  • Ebel, B.A., Loague, K., Montgomery, D.R. and Dietrich, W.E. (2008). Physics‐based continuous simulation of long‐term near‐surface hydrologic response for the Coos Bay experimental catchment. Water Resources Research 44: doi: 10.1029/2007WR006442. PDF.

Required reading for labs (PDFs attached):

  • Criss, R.E. and Winston, W.E. (2008) Do Nash values have value? Discussion and alternate proposals, Hydrological Processes 22: 2723-2725. PDF
  • Hooper, R.P. and Shoemaker, C.A. (1986) A comparison of chemical and isotopic hydrograph separation, Water Resources Research 22(10): 1444-1454. PDF
  • McGuire, K.J. and McDonnell, J.J. (2006) A review and evaluation of catchment transit time modeling, Journal of Hydrology 330: 543-563. PDF
  • Seibert, J. and McDonnell, J.J. (2010) Land-cover impacts on streamflow: a change-detection modeling approach that incorporates parameter uncertainty, Hydrological Sciences Journal 55(3): 316-332. PDF
  • Tetzlaff, D. et al (2007) Conceptualisation of runoff processes using a geographical information system and tracers in a nested mesoscale catchment, Hydrological Processes 21: 1289-1307. PDF
  • Tetzlaff, D., Waldron, S., Brewer, M.J., and Soulsby, C. (2007) Assessing nested hydrological and hydrochemical behaviour of a mesoscale catchment using continuous tracer data, Journal of Hydrology 336: 430-443. PDF

Additional reading material (PDF attached):

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). PDF.

Accommodation and transportation

Students will need to make their own accommodation reservation. However, we can reserve student accommodation at the local university halls of residence at a significant discount (please select this option on the online registration page, below, if required).

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

Please plan to arrive in Aberdeen on Sunday, Aug 17 in time for an introductory talk and reception at 4 pm. Course teaching will being at 8 am on Monday, Aug 18 and continue through to Friday, Aug 22 at 4 pm.

Cost

The tuition cost for the course is approximately £400. Students will be responsible for their food and lodging (we will arrange for a group booking at the local university halls of residence at a significant discount). Please contact Julie Timms (see below) for further details on registration and costs.

Registration details

Click here for the online registration page.

For enquiries regarding registration and costs, please contact:


Julie Timms
School Finance Person
School of Geosciences
University of Aberdeen
St Mary's
Elphinstone Road
Aberdeen, Scotland
AB24 3UF

E-mail: julie.timms@abdn.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1224 274365