EAS 508: Hydrological Processes


Course Title

Hydrological Processes

Course Code

EAS 508

Course Type

Track Mandatory



Instructor’s Name

Adriana Bruggeman



Lectures / week

1 (3h)

Laboratories / week


Course Purpose and Objectives

The hydrological cycle and its associated processes represent a major mechanism for the exchange of energy, matter and momentum between the components of the Earth System. The hydrological cycle also controls and balances water availability for the biosphere including man. Climate changes will have major impacts on the individual elements of this cycle as well as on the overall fate of water in its different forms and aggregate states. Conversely, processes associated with the hydrological cycle will influence the fate and characteristics of climate at local, regional and global scales. With this course, students will gain in depth understanding of the fundamental elements and processes related to the global hydrological cycle and their relationships to other components of the Earth System and the state of global climate. This will also include advanced numerical modelling methodologies, from the medium to the advanced level.

Learning Outcomes

Understanding of hydrologic processes and their role in the global hydrologic cycle

Understanding of the interactions between the hydrosphere and the climate system

Capacity to parameterize and evaluate hydrologic models



Other Requirements


Course Content

Characteristics of the hydrological cycle and its major elements

Important exchange processes between the hydrosphere and other components of the global system

Feedbacks and interactions between the hydrological system and the global climate system and their assessments

Basic and advanced concepts and methodologies in hydrological modeling

Teaching Methodology

Lectures. Seminars. Case studies. Short Projects.


Ward, A.D. and S.W. Trimble. 2004. Environmental hydrology, 2nd ed. CRC Pres LCC, Boca Raton, FL, USA

Davie, T. 2008. Fundamentals of Hydrology, 2nd ed. Routledge, New York and London.

Recent journal articles


Homework assignments, exam