37364 - Environmental Hydrology

Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Moduli: Marco Antonellini (Modulo 1) Beatrice Maria Sole Giambastiani (Modulo 2)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2)
  • Campus: Ravenna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Environmental Assessment and Management (cod. 5900)

Learning outcomes

Provide the basic elements to understand the interactions between hydrosphere and environment, fluvial hydrodynamics, groundwater flow, contaminant transport, geochemistry, isotopic geochemistry, and water management under current legislation at the European level (Water Framework Directive). Training will be achieved through lectures, the use of analytical and numerical models, and exercises in the classroom.

Course contents

Module 1: The water cycle. Processes in the hydrologic cycle. Precipitation-runoff models. River hydrology. Types of aquifers. Aquifer properties. Darcy law.

Module 2: hydrochemistry, geochemistry; water classification, behavior of chemical elements, geochemical barriers, speciation and chemical activity, water sampling and monitoring, groundwater salinization. Pre-requisites to the course is a basic knowledge of inorganic chemistry and geochemistry.


Notes from instructor

Fetter C. W. Applied hydrogeology. Prentice Hall

Fetter C. W. Contaminant hydrogeology. Prentice Hall

Appelo C.A.J., Postma, D. Geochemistry, groundwater and pollution. CRC Press

Civita, M. Idrogeologia applicate e ambientale. Casa Editrice Ambrosiana

Teaching methods

Lectures and computer labs.

Eventual field activities.

In order to attend this class the student should have taken the two basic classes on safety (modules 1 and 2) as well as the specific class on field safety (module 3).

“In considerazione delle tipologie di attività e metodi didattici adottati, la frequenza di questa attività formativa richiede lo svolgimento di tutti gli studenti dei Moduli 1 e 2 in modalità e-learning [https://www.unibo.it/it/servizi-e-opportunita/salute-e-assistenza/salute-e-sicurezza/sicurezza-e-salute-nei-luoghi-di-studio-e-tirocinio] e la partecipazione al Modulo 3 di formazione specifica sulla sicurezza e salute nei luoghi di studio. Indicazioni su date e modalità di frequenza del Modulo 3 sono consultabili nella apposita sezione del sito web di corso di studio.”

Assessment methods

Written exam integrated by a mandatory oral examination.

The written exam is composed by two parts corresponding to the two modules of the course. The two parts are evaluated independently.

Prerequisite for the oral examination is to obtain a minimum grade of 18/30 in the written exam.

Teaching tools

Laptop computers for numerical simulations and exercises.

Students who need compensatory tools for reasons related to disabilities or specific learning disorders (SLD) can directly contact the Service for Students with Disabilities (disabilita@unibo.it) and the Service for Students with learning disabilities (dsa@unibo.it) to agree on the adoption of the most appropriate measures.

Office hours

See the website of Marco Antonellini

See the website of Beatrice Maria Sole Giambastiani


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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.