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H144
A Hydrology Primer for Engineers & Hydrologists

Patrick C. Garner, Hydrologist

A Hydrology Primer for Engineers & Hydrologists serves as a refresher for practicing engineers and/or an introduction to hydrology concepts for those working predominately in other engineering concentrations.

Concepts discussed in the course include the hydrologic cycle; precipitation; types of natural storage and infiltration; recharge and base flow; surface runoff; peak rates of flow; rainfall characteristics; return periods; I-D-F curves; hyetographs and hydrographs; watersheds; runoff volume; soils and NRCS hydrologic soil groups; coefficients; curve numbers; cover types; times of travel and concentration; and a lengthy discussion of the differences between the Rational Method and the federal peak flow methods (using TR-20 and 55).

Required data, assumptions and limitations for each method are listed. A references section is included.

The major sections of the course are: (1) The Hydrologic Cycle: (2) Hydrology Specifics: (3) The Rational Method: (4) NCRS (SCS) Peak Flow Methods: (5) Review of Assumptions and Limitations: and (6) References.

Heavily illustrated, the course lists and discusses all data commonly required to model runoff. A Hydrology Primer for Engineers & Hydrologists is an essential guide for both new and experienced professionals.

This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of the course materials.


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