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Groundwater Hydrology

Joseph J. Lifrieri, P.E., P.P., P.G.

This course provides guidance on the occurrence and movement of groundwater, planning a groundwater investigation and modeling study, and field investigative methods in groundwater hydrology for engineers, hydrologists, and geologists who are responsible for groundwater-related projects. The course materials are based entirely on Chapters 1, 2, 3, and 4 of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineering Manual EM 1110-2-1421 Groundwater Hydrology. Surface and groundwater systems are in continuous dynamic interaction. A groundwater model is a replica of some real-world groundwater system. The occurrence and movement of groundwater are related to physical forces acting in the subsurface and the geologic environment in which they occur. This course presents (1) a general overview of basic concepts which explain and quantify these forces and environments as related to groundwater; (2) basic guidelines for performing a site characterization study, integrating hydrogeologic information into a conceptual model, performing simple analytical procedures, and formulating a computer model of groundwater flow a technical overview of the theory, development, and use of computer models for simulating groundwater flow; (3) an overview of different methods which can be employed to gain a better understanding of subsurface conditions pertaining to the occurrence and flow of groundwater. A discussion on saltwater intrusion is also included.
This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

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