Hydrological analysis in R
Chapter 1 Introduction
1.1 Practical outline
In Practical 1 (Chapters 4 - 6), which uses data for the Eskdale watershed, we’ll introduce you to some of the key approaches, including DEM pre-processing, calculating flow parameters and comparing flow algorithms.
In Practical 2 (Chapters 7 - 11), we’ll utilise these approaches to investigate the water quality of the Mersey Basin. This forms the basis for your assessment.
Note: the relevant chapters will be made available as we progress through the semester, hence why Practicals 2 and the assessment information are not currently visible. Practical 2 will be released prior to the Week 10 lecture.
After completing these practicals, you will:
- have gained experience with new tools (e.g. R, RStudio, WhiteboxTools);
- become familiar with hydrological approaches used to simulate overland flow from digital elevation models (DEMs);
- utilised statistical analysis to investigate the relationships between water quality indicators and catchment characteristics;
- improved your understanding of the hydrological processes influencing water quality.
These practicals will be completed across Weeks 8 to 12 as follows:
- Week 8:
- Introductory lecture (~1 hr)
- Complete Chapters 1 - 3: An introduction to R (~2 hr)
- Weeks 9:
- Lecture on Hydrological and Geomorphological models (~1 hr)
- Complete Chapters 4 - 6: Eskdale practical (~2 hr)
- Weeks 10 - 12:
- Lecture on Water Quality Modelling (~1 hr)
- Complete Chapters 7 - 11: Mersey practical (~9 hr)
The assessment, based upon Practical 2 (Mersey), is due 05/01/2023 (14:00).