The hydrology minor focuses on assessing the impacts of climate change on water resources, which is an area of frequent media coverage with floods, droughts and the exporting of bottled water. The University of Waikato is located close to the longest river in New Zealand, which has been significantly modified by hydroelectricity and flood control schemes, and impacted by point and diffuse discharges of contaminants.
Hydrology is available as a minor.
To complete a minor in Hydrology, students must complete 60 points, consisting of EARTH101, EARTH231, EARTH241 and EARTH331.
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Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location EARTH101 Introduction to Earth System Sciences 20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga) A lecture and laboratory paper that explores the interacting processes that affect the surface of the Earth, producing landforms and resources, with a focus on physical processes. Topics covered include coastal processes and hazards; climate change; weathering; erosion and mass movement; soil formation; the hydrological cycle; rive...
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location EARTH231 Water Resources, Weather and Climate 20A (Hamilton) Introduction to physical processes that influence the distribution of water in space and time within Aotearoa-New Zealand. Topics include mid-latitude weather and atmospheric precipitation processes that ultimately affect the availability of water across Aotearoa-New Zealand's diverse landscapes: a description of surface water reso... EARTH241 Oceanography 20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga) This paper introduces students to the broad scale properties, issues, and research importance of the global ocean via the main disciplines of oceanography: particularly biological, chemical, geological and physical oceanography
Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location EARTH331 Hydrology and Water Resources 20B (Hamilton) This paper introduces students to the techniques of both resource and hazard analysis of fresh water. There is focus on groundwater modelling for resource studies, at the regional level and for analysis of pumped wells. There are also aspects of surface water application, including hydro power studies. Hazard aspects will include t...
2020 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 1 July 2020 8:51am