James E Ball - Hydrology Component
Assoc Prof James Ball
ph – 9514 2623
Monday 2:00 – 4:00pm
Contact by email for appointment
The objective of this component of the subject
Introduce engineering hydrology;
Introduce hydrological processes;
Introduce flood estimation; and
Introduce engineering hydrology applications
in water resources management.
This introduction is aimed at:
Providing an ability to apply commonly used
methods in hydrology; and
Provide an understanding of the theory
behind these methods.
Three references that may be useful are
Applied Hydrology – Chow, Maidment &
Mays, McGraw-Hill Book Co.
Hydrology An Australian Introduction –
Ladson, Oxford University Press
Australian Rainfall & Runoff – A Guide to
Flood Estimation – Engineers Australia
No published Course Notes are available for
UTS-Online will be used for distribution of
Copies of lecture slides;
Reading material; and
Students should note that additional reference
books may be noted in the lecture slides.
Each Hydrology lecture period will comprise:
2 hour lecture; and
1 hour tutorial.
It is expected that students will have accessed
the lecture slides, reading material and tutorials
prior to the lecture period.
Hydrology and Water Resources
Peak Flow Estimation
Hydrograph Estimation – Part 1
Hydrograph Estimation – Part 2
Water Sensitive Urban Design
Introduction to Hydrology
Development of Hydrology
DEFINITION OF HYDROLOGY
Hydor => water & ology => study of
Hydraulics comes from Greek word hydraulikos
which in turn comes from hydor (Greek for
water) and aulos (meaning pipe).
DEFINITION OF HYDROLOGY
UNESCO (1979)1 defines hydrology as
“the physical science which treats the waters of
the Earth, their Occurrence, Circulation and
Distribution, their Chemical and Physical
Properties, and their Reaction with the
1 UNESCO, (1979), Impact of urbanisation and industrialisation on water resources planning and management, Studies and Reports in Hydrology, UNESCO, UNESCO, Paris.
Water is essential for maintenance of life.
Early civilisations were concentrated on rivers
establishment of settlements near rivers
analogous to looking for signs of water on Mars
Management of water is multi-disciplinary; many
professions are involved.
Variety of problems encountered include
Sanitary sewer systems
Culvert and bridge
Adaptation to climate
DEVELOPMENT OF HYDROLOGY
Ancient civilisations were integrated with their
Egyptian Civilisations and the Nile Valley
Mesopotamian Civilisations and the...