Urban Hydrology

Spring 2013 GEOL 4/5/60095 Special Topics: Urban Hydrology

Kent State University, Department of Geology

Instructor: Dr. Anne Jefferson, McGilvrey 235C
Office Hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 1:45 to 4:15 pm or by appointment. Tuesday in 235C McGilvrey, Thursday in 333 McGilvrey

Course Meetings: Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30 to 1:45, McGilvrey 234
Final Exam: Thursday, May 9, 12:45 to 3 pm
Official Course Syllabus

Urban Hydrology Spring 2013 Final Exam Study Guide

Course Description: In this course we will investigate the science and management of water in cities and built environments. We will approach the subject from an interdisciplinary perspective, integrating hydrology, geology, biology, architecture/engineering, and the social sciences. The course will include readings, discussions, data analysis, field trips, and designing an urban rain garden.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the natural and human factors that regulate hydrologic processes in urban areas
  2. Evaluate watershed land use changes and associated hydrologic impacts
  3. Describe methods to mitigate the effects of urbanization on aquatic systems
  4. Analyze the scientific literature on urban aquatic systems and discuss the approaches and main conclusions with fellow scientists and the public


Grades will be distributed based on the percentage of points earned. Point values needed to achieve a given grade may be adjusted downward at the end of the term, but will not be adjusted upward.

A = 90-100%, B = 80-90%, C = 70-80%, D = 60-70%, F < 60%

Tentative Timetable

Dates are subject to change. Please attend class and ask me if you have questions.

15 – 31 January: Introduction to Water and Cities

Introduction to Hydrologic Science