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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP4061439, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2014/15, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track FOREST SCIENCE [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination FOREST HYDROLOGY
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge MARCO BORGA AGR/08

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/08 Agrarian Hydraulics and Hydraulic Forest Management 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 3.0 24 51.0 No turn
Lecture 3.0 24 51.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Target skills and knowledge: This course will provide an introduction to physical hydrology and geomorphology of forested watersheds with an emphasis on managing forest resources and the effects of forest management activities on runoff generation and evapo-transpiration processes. Quantitative models will be presented with focus on the water budget, the amount and timing of water yield, stormflow generation and evapo-transpiration fluxes.
Examination methods: Written report
Written examination
Oral examination
Assessment criteria: Written report (1/3)
Written examination (1/3)
Oral examination (1/3)
Course unit contents: Quantitative analysis of the watershed; river network and its spatial organization. (1CFU)
Quantitative analysis of precipitation/interception, energy balance; evapotranspiration/soil moisture; snow accumulation and melt. Role of vegetation in the hydrological cycle. Links between the hydrologic cycle and the biogeochemical cycle. (1CFU)
Quantitative analysis of infiltration/soil water; runoff processes; groundwater. Hydrologic measurements: precipitation, temperature, evaporation, discharge data. Spatial and temporal representativeness of hydrologic data. (1CFU)
Mathematical modelling of the hydrologic cycle: estimation of the precipitation and evaporation fluxes; infiltration and runoff formation modelling. Examination of the impact of land use change on flood formation. Computer modelling of flood events. (1CFU)
Modelling of hydrologic cycle and analysis of impact of forest cover on water yield and runoff regime. Summary of international experimentation. Forest resources management and their effects on the hydrologic cycle and on water resources. (1CFU)
Evapotraspiration fluxes. Physics of evaporation: mass transfer and latent-heat transfer. The energy balance. The transpiration process. Potential and actual evapotranspiration. (1CFU)
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course uses three learning processes:
frontal lectures (24 h);
common exercitations (8 h);
field activity (8 h).
Additional notes about suggested reading: Indications on the teacher office hours and the learning material will be reported on the course web site at : (Moodle Platform of the School)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • DINGMAN S. L., Physical Hydrology. New Jersey: Prentice - Hall Inc., 2002. Cerca nel catalogo
  • EAGLESON P.S., Ecohydrology – Darwinian Expression of Vegetation Form and Function. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.