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ELEMENTS OF HYDROLOGY AND APPLIED METEOROLOGY

CODE 61673
ACADEMIC YEAR 2017/2018
CREDITS 4 credits during the 3nd year of 8763 Earth Sciences (L-34) GENOVA
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR GEO/12
LANGUAGE Italian
TEACHING LOCATION GENOVA (Earth Sciences)
SEMESTER 1° Semester
PREREQUISITES
Prerequisites
You can take the exam for this unit if you passed the following exam(s):
  • Earth Sciences 8763 (coorte 2015/2016)
  • EEXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS 25934
  • EXPERIMENTAL PHYSICS WITH APPLICATIONS TO EARTH PHYSICS 38654
  • GEOMORPHOLOGY 65682

OVERVIEW

Hydrology and meteorology represent two very important aspects in the Applied Geological Sciences. In particular, the proper assessment of the hydrological risk of a territory requires an adequate knowledge of the main processes occurring both in the atmosphere and within a hydrological basin and measuring techniques useful for monitoring the area in terms of precipitation and outflow.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Acquire the bases of meteorology and hydrology, with particular regard to the study of atmospheric circulation and meteorological phenomena, precipitation measurements, statistical analysis of hydrological variables, hydrological balance, level measurements and flow rate and propagation. The course will be completed with practical exercises aimed at teaching the main operating techniques of analysis and hydrological data processing

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

The course focuses on the following aspects:
• knowledge of the main phenomena occurring in the atmosphere with particular regard to the formation of precipitation
• knowledge of the main measurement techniques for the assessment and monitoring of precipitation
• definition of the main characteristics of a hydrological basin
• knowledge of the main processes occurring within the basin during the transformation of the outlet into the outflow
• knowledge of the main techniques for correct assessment of hydraulic risk

TEACHING METHODS

classroom-taught lesson

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

  • The atmosphere (composition, thermal balance, radiation measurement, vertical temperature distribution, air circulation)
  • Precipitation (formation, classification, measurement,  extreme events)
  • Hydrographic basin (identification, classification, morphometric characteristics, coefficients of form, time of overflow, description of river geomorphology)
  • Hydrologic Balance (inflow, basin loss, surface outflow, evaporation, evaporimeters, evapotranspiration, methods of measurement evapotranspiration, interception, infiltration: theoretical models and measurement methods)
  • Surface outflows (flow and flow measurements, hydrometers and hydrometrographs, speed measurements in watercourses, flow rate calculations, flow rates, baseline analysis of hydrometric observations, analysis of the hydrographic program and full hydrography, Flow rate)
  • The Propagation of overflow (translation and lamination, mathematical models: De Saint Venant equation)

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Notes distributed throughout the course

“Idrologia: il ciclo dell’acqua e i suoi effetti” di Mauro Greppi (Ed: Hoepli)
“Idrologia Tecnica” di Ugo Moisello (Ed: La Goliardica Pavese s.r.l.)

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

Exam Board

GABRIELE FERRETTI (President)

SIMONE BARANI

MARCO CAPELLO

DANIELE SPALLAROSSA

MASSIMO VERDOYA

LESSONS

TEACHING METHODS

classroom-taught lesson

LESSONS START

October

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

oral examination (Oral interview)

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Questions related to the topics explained during the course

Exam schedule

Date Time Location Type Notes
22/01/2018 14:30 GENOVA Orale http://www.distav.unige.it/aule
05/02/2018 14:30 GENOVA Orale http://www.distav.unige.it/aule
01/06/2018 14:30 GENOVA Orale http://www.distav.unige.it/aule
15/06/2018 14:30 GENOVA Orale http://www.distav.unige.it/aule
13/07/2018 14:30 GENOVA Orale http://www.distav.unige.it/aule
03/09/2018 14:30 GENOVA Orale http://www.distav.unige.it/aule
17/09/2018 14:30 GENOVA Orale http://www.distav.unige.it/aule

FURTHER INFORMATION

Optional attendance