Synthesize water level data and construct a water table map or potentiometric map to determine groundwater flow directions at a site.
Select an appropriate drilling technology and propose a monitoring network to detect groundwater contamination at a new site.
Apply Darcy's Law to estimate/calculate groundwater velocities. Employ water budget equations to calculate changes in water levels (hydrologic cycle). Calculate water storage and release from unconfined and confined aquifers.
Predict the impact of different chemical and physical processes (diffusion, dispersion, sorption, biodegradation, DNAPL) on solute transport.
Apply skills in lithologic description and contouring to characterize site conditions at an actual contaminated site in Michigan by drawing geologic cross-sections, water table maps and contaminant plume maps that will be used to identify flow pathways and estimate groundwater travel times.
Use an understanding of groundwater – surface water interactions to explain observed changes in river and water levels in response to flooding, pumping and precipitation variability.
Select an appropriate drilling technology and design/develop/propose an effective monitoring network to detect groundwater contamination at a site.
Skill goals include improve writing and oral presentations, working in groups, critical reading of the literature, and improved quantitative ability. Attitudinal goals include increased awareness of subdisciplines in hydrogeology and increased student confidence in making interpretations given limited data.
References and Notes:
Fetter, C.W. 2001, Applied Hydrogeology, (4th ed). Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice- Hall, 598 p.
Coverage of content
Price, Michael, 1996, (2nd edition), Introducing Groundwater, Chapman and Hall (most recently reprinted by Nelson Thornes Ltd), 278 p.
References on Library Reserve
Deming, David, 2002, Introduction to Hydrogeology, Boston, McGraw- Hill, 468 p.
Dominico, P.A. and F.W. Schwartz, 1990, Physical and chemical hydrogeology, New York, Wiley, 824 p.
Freeze, R.A. and J.A. Cherry, 1979. Groundwater. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice- Hall, 604 p.
Palmer, C.M. 1992, Principles of Contaminant Geology, Chelsea MI, Lewis Publishers 211 p.
Schwartz, F.W., 2003, Fundamentals of Ground Water, NY: Wiley, 583 p.