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Course unit
INP5070428, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN0517, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track IDRAULICA [002PD]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination GROUNDWATER HYDROLOGY
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
E-Learning website
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 MATTEO CAMPORESE ICAR/02

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

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/02 Maritime Hydraulic Construction and Hydrology 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 2019 01/10/2019 30/11/2020 CAMPORESE MATTEO (Presidente)
BOTTER GIANLUCA (Membro Effettivo)
URSINO NADIA (Supplente)

Prerequisites: Mathematical analysis, statistics, fluid mechanics.
Target skills and knowledge: Fundamentals of subsurface flow and transport, with particular emphasis on the role of groundwater in the hydrologic cycle, interactions between groundwater flow and geologic formations, and the characterization of subsurface drinking water supply as well as contaminated aquifers.
Examination methods: Oral examination and discussion of an optional project assignment. The top mark achievable without the assignment is 26/30. The assignment consists in the application of a numerical model to a real-world test case. Further details will be made available in the Moodle website of the course.
Assessment criteria: 1. Knowledge of the course technical contents.
2. Completeness and originality of the assignment, as well as capability to discuss it autonomously.
3. Oral skills and capability of linking different topics.
Course unit contents: 1. Introduction: Hydrologic Cycle, Water Balance. 2. Aquifer Properties and Types:
Hydraulic Conductivity, Darcy’s Law, Hydraulic Head, Elastic Storage, Homogeneity and Isotropy, Compressibility and Effective Stress. 3. Groundwater Flow in Saturated Media: Analytical Solutions, Flow Nets. 4. Unsaturated Porous Media, Groundwater Flow in Unsaturated Media. 5. Confined Aquifers: Well Hydraulics, Analytical Solutions, Aquifer Testing. 6. Leaky Aquifers: Well Hydraulics, Analytical Solutions, Aquifer Testing. 7. Unconfined Aquifers: Well Hydraulics, Analytical Solutions, Aquifer Testing. 8. Stream Aquifer Interaction: Semi-analytical and Numerical Models. 9. Introduction to Groundwater Solute Transport. 10. Fundamentals of geostatistics and hydrogeophysics.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Learning: private study and numerical modeling.
Teaching: lectures, numerical modeling lab, possibility of a field trip.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Lecture notes.

Books for consultation
J. Bear: Hydraulics of Groundwater. McGraw-Hill, 1979.
R.A. Freeze and J.A. Cherry: Groundwater. Prentice Hall, 1979.
G. de Marsily, Quantitative Hydrogeology: Groundwater Hydrology for Engineers.
Academic Press, Inc., 1986.
F.W. Schwartz and H. Zhang: Fundamentals of Groundwater. John Wiley and Sons,
New York. ISBN 0-471-13785-5, 2003, 583 pages.
D.K. Todd and L.W. Mays: Groundwater Hydrology, Third Edition. Wiley, 2005.
C.W. Fetter, Applied Hydrogeology, Fourth Edition. Prentice Hall, 2001.
G.F. Pinder and M.A. Celia, Subsurface Hydrogeology. John Wiley and Sons, 2006.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Questioning
  • Problem solving

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Clean Water and Sanitation Sustainable Cities and Communities Life on Land