Module Identifier GG31620  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Professor Tony Jones  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   24 Hours.  
  Seminars / Tutorials   4 Hours. Group presentations and discussions  
  Practical   4 Hours.  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours examination50%
Semester Assessment 3,500 word essay50%
Supplementary Exam Supplementary examination70%
Supplementary Assessment Re-submission of failed coursework essay30%

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Brief description

The module begins by looking at the challenges, the trends and the available resources at the global scale. There follows an in-depth analysis of current understanding of hydrological processes at the river basin scale, from evaporation losses to water pathways in the soil and rocks, conlcuding with an introduction to methods of hydrological modelling. The relevance of these processes to real-world problems is emphasised throughout, e.g. the effects of changing vegetation and of urbanisation, and the effects of pathways on pollution.

The module concludes with a section on managing resources, covering the design of major water management systems, success and failure of large dams, dealing with floods and droughts, environmental protection and rehabilitation, international hydropolitics, environmental terrorism, the threat of corporate enterprise to equitable provisions and the predicted impact on global warming. It concludes with an assessment of the relative merits of new sources of water compared with methods of water saving.

Teaching includes computer-based practicals and a fieldtrip for each of the main sections, group researches an presentations on key issues.


1) General Introduction:

2) Environmental processes

Practical: CAL River basin processes and modelling
Fieldtrip: CEH Institute of Hydrology experimental catchments, Plynlimon

3) Managing resources:

Practical: The roles and activities of international water related organisations, based on CD-Rom and internet searches (2000 word essay)
Fieldtrip: Water resources development and environmental impact in mid-Wales-Rheidol, Clywedog and Elan (1 day)

Module Skills

Problem_solving Identifying factors that might influence potential solutions. Evaluating advantages and disadvantages of solutions.  
Research skills Group presentations and individual extended essays.  
Communication Seminar group presentations and discussions.  
Improving own Learning and Performance Project write-up as extended essay (same as above)  
Team work Group presentations and discussions  
Information Technology Use of internet access data archives and assess work of international water-related organisations. (CAL sessions.) Assessed through the extended essays based on this.  
Personal Development and Career planning Developing career oriented interests and skills.  
Subject Specific Skills Familiarisation with specific instrumentation and research design, extreme event analysis and data archives  

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
Grayson, R. and G. Bloschl (eds.) (2001) Spatial Patterns in Catchment Hydrology: Observations and Modelling Cambridge University Presss
Jones, J.A.A. (1997) Global Hydrology: processes, resources and environmental management 4th. Longman
Parker, D.J. (ed.) (2000) Floods, volume I & II Routledge
Ward, R.C. amd M. Robinson (2000) Principles of Hydrology 4th. McGraw-Hill

Jones, J.A.A. (1999) Climate change and sustainable water resources: placing the threat of global warming in perspective, Hydrological Sciences Journal.
Jones, J.A.A. and I.J. van der Walt (eds) (2004) Barriers and solutions to sustainable water resources in Africa, Geojournal Kluwer
Jones, J.A.A. and M-K Woo (eds) (2002) Modelling the impact of climate change on hydrological regimes, Hydrological Processes
Piling, C. and Jones, J.A.A. (2002) The impact of future climate change on seasonal discharge, hydrological processes and extreme flows in the Upper Wye experimental catchment, mid Wales, Hydrological Processes.
Xia, J. and K Takeuchi (eds) (1999) Barriers to Sustainable Management of Water Quality and Quantity, Hydrological Sciences Journal.


This module is at CQFW Level 6