GEOG459 / CEE498 Ecohydraulics


Ecohydraulics is a rapidly developing, interdisciplinary field which examines the interactions between hydrological, ecological, and geomorphic processes in natural systems. The course focuses on: 1) understanding of the underlying fundamental physical and biological processes, 2) developing methods and approaches to address such truly interdisciplinary problems, and 3) implementation, through case studies, of fundamental research questions to advance strategies for management, conservation and restoration of natural ecosystems from small to large temporal and spatial scales.

Learning goals:

Upon completion of the course you will:

  • Identify and analyze the fundamental physical and biological processes involved on ecohydraulic projects.
  • Pose fundamental research questions to address complex, interdisciplinary issues.
  • Identify and address critical issues for monitoring, management, conservation and restoration of natural ecosystems.
  • Represent quantitatively the interactions between ecological, hydrological and geomorphic processes.
  • Assess the impact of process-based strategies on ecosystem management.
  • Design, conduct and evaluate laboratory experimental studies and field campaigns using state-of-the-art measurement and surveying equipment and techniques.
  • Create high quality, professional reports and deliver oral presentations that summarize results of collaborative projects