Hydrogeology (EAR 401/601)
(Offered every fall, 3 credits)
This course covers the fundamentals of groundwater hydraulics and hydrology. We cover the hydrologic cycle, properties of aquifers, principles of groundwater flow, flow to wells, water chemistry and groundwater contamination.
Course objectives include:
– To understand the distribution and movement of water through components of the hydrological cycle on various scales.
– To understand the various hydrogeologic properties of aquifers and their relationship with characteristics of the substrate
– To interpret measurements of hydraulic head and generate water table maps and hydrogeologic cross-sections
– To use the principles of groundwater flow, including Darcy’s Law, to solve groundwater flow problems
– To measure aquifer properties through well testing
– To measure/acquire and analyze hydrogeological data
– To understand the basic chemical processes that control groundwater chemistry and water quality
Groundwater Modeling (EAR 665)
(Offered every other year, 3 credits)
This course covers the fundamentals of water movement in the subsurface, including properties of aquifers and governing equations of groundwater flow. We then examine how MODFLOW, a widely used USGS groundwater flow model, applies these concepts to simulate the movement of water and solutes in the subsurface. Our discussion of modeling includes conceptual model development, selection of boundary conditions, model calibration and sensitivity analysis. Case studies are used to illustrate the various applications of groundwater modeling. The course includes instruction on how to build a groundwater flow model using the Visual MODFLOW software package.
Water-Energy Nexus Seminar (EAR 612)
(Offered every semester, 1 credit)
The seminar provides a forum for faculty and students from across disciplines to learn more about and discuss current research in water science and engineering, to network with visiting professionals, and to get to know others working in water-related fields across Syracuse University and SUNY ESF. The reading seminar is integrated with a visiting lecture series sponsored by the EMPOWER program. For the seminar, participants review and discuss papers and host visiting lecturers.