CE 565 - Stream, Lake and Estuarine Analysis


Course Description

This subject provides an introduction to the techniques for modeling fluid flows and contaminant transport in streams, lakes, and estuaries. The purpose of the course is to provide a quantitative basis for modeling the fate of effluent wastes discharged into natural waters. Therefore, in addition to introducing various aspects of the hydraulics of streams, lakes and estuaries, this course introduces topics on water quality in surface water bodies.

CE565 will be offered at Metcalf and Eddy in Wakefieldin the Spring 1997 semester

Note that the course offering planned for Metcalf and Eddy facilities in Wakefield, MA during the Spring of 1997 will be taught jointly with Dr. Dominique Brocard of Metcalf and Eddy, Inc. Various aspects of the course requirements may change, although the general content will remain the same.

Course Outline

Introduction to water quality modeling
Conservation of mass; chemistry and math review
Water quality modeling
Indicator bacteria, pathogens and viruses
Flow and Transport in Rivers
hydrology of rivers; residual discharges in rivers
Diffusion, dispersion, and mixing processes in rivers
time variable analysis; flow controls
Dissolved oxygen in rivers
Flow and Transport in Estuaries
Tides and tidal motion
Flow in estuaries Mixing in estuaries
Flow and Transport in Lakes
The stratification cycle in lakes
Nutrient cycling
Dissolved oxygen in lakes

Course Textbook

Principles of Surface Water Quality Modeling and Control by Robert V. Thomann and John A Mueller is the textbook for this course. Lectures are also supplemented by handouts and occasional lecture notes. Other relevant references include Mixing in Inland and Coastal Waters by H.B. Fischer, Water Quality Management by Krenkel and Novotny, and Mathematical Modeling of Water Quality by G.T. Orlob. Other references will be cited as appropriate.

Grade Formula

The subject includes one take-home quiz (worth 30%), approximately six problem sets (worth 40%), and an independent project (worth 30%)

Course Project

Stream, lake and estuarine analysis covers a broad range of topics. Therefore, students complete a term project such that they can focus on a topic which is of interest to them. This project consists of an 10 page paper on a topic which is relevant to course material. Since the selected projects invariably cover a relatively wide range of topics, the projects serve to expand to course material.

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