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Urban Hydrology, a new course in Spring 2013

Urban Hydrology will be offered in the Department of Geology at Kent State University. With the course number 40095/50095/60095, it is designed to appeal to both undergraduate and graduate students looking for an interdisciplinary exposure to water science in cities and built environments. The course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:45. If you are a Kent State student, please join us.

Image credits: SOPAC, where the image is attributed to SEQ Healthy Waterways Partnership (http://www.healthywaterways.org) and US Green Building Council, where it is attributed to NC DENR.

Hydrogeology class in the field

Hydrogeology students discuss their field notes

Hydrogeology students discuss their measurements

In our small but enthusiastic hydrogeology class, we’ve installed piezometers, measured groundwater levels and calculated flow directions, and conducted slug tests in a monitoring well hidden away in a wooded area on campus. We also had a field trip to the Langtree Peninsula Research Station, where hydrogeologists Andrew Pitner and Joju Abraham explained some of their ongoing projects and demonstrated water quality sampling techniques.

Our Langtree field trip took place on the coldest day of the year. Here students warm up by the generator while we wait for water quality indicators to stabilize.

Our Langtree field trip took place on the coldest day of the year. Here students warm up by the generator while we wait for water quality indicators to stabilize.