Earth and Planetary Sciences 146: Groundwater, Spring 2020 - updated 5/8

Spring 2020 Syllabus for Groundwater in PDF Format - the PDF has not been updated since original distribution. Please see digital version for latest info.

Instructor

Teaching Assistant

Teaching Assistant

Andy Fisher    

Jenny Pensky

Adam Price

*Office hours: Online-Zoom

*Office hours: Online-Zoom

*Office hours: Online-Zoom

Phone: 459-5598      

Phone: N/A (use email)

Phone: N/A (use email)

E-mail: afisher/at/ucsc.edu     

E-mail: jpensky/at/ucsc.edu

E-mail: adnprice/at/ucsc.edu

Office hours: M 11-12, W 3-4

Office hours: M 9-11

Office hours: M 5-6, F 11:30-12:30

* Office hour Zoom sessions will not be recorded.

Course hours: MWF, 1:20-2:25
Course location: Online-Zoom (will be recorded and posted)
Laboratory hours: Tue 8:30-11;30 *or* Tue 12:30-15:30 *or* Weds 8:30-11:30
Laboratory location: Online-Zoom (introductions will be recorded and posted)

Field trips:         Virtual: April 28-29 (UCSC Karst Hydrogeology)
                         Virtual: May 19-20 (Scott Creek Lagoon Hydrogeology)
Assignments:     nine lab exercises, nine problem sets, technical report
Exams (both closed-book):     Midterm – Weds, 5/6, 1:20-2:25 (regular time)
                                                Final - cumulative, Weds 6/10, 4:00-7:00
Grades/Evaluations are to be based on the tests, labs, class participation, and assignments:
                          30%  Labs and technical report
                          20%  Problems sets
                          20%  Midterm
                          25%  Final
                          5%    Class participation/demonstration of PMA and ROV

Required text:    Hiscock and Bense, 2014, Hydrogeology: Principles and Practice, 2nd ed.
                         Available electronically: via UCSC Libraryinstructions to access text book at library
Supplementary reading:   Fetter, 2001, Applied Hydrogeology, 4th ed. (on website)
                                       Freeze and Cherry, 1979, Groundwater (free online)

More reading: at the course website in the "virtual reader" (see syllabus below with links)

Notes about reading and other assignments:
Please complete reading prior to class discussion, ask questions in class and lab, visit during office hours. Please read assigned materials more carefully a second time after topic is discussed in detail or used in lab.

Labs and problem sets are normally due one week after being handed out, but the start of the associated class or lab. Late assignments may be accepted, but points will be deducted. Chronic lateness is not acceptable.

All work turned in for grading should be neat and easy to read. You will be uploading materials to a personal GoogleDrive folder. Please organize and name files to make our lives easier – we will provide instructions on preparing and uploading documents.

Working together is encouraged, but the work you turn in should be your own. All plots are to be generated using a computer (with Excel, Kaleidagraph, Matlab, R, Python, etc.). Please look for online tutorial and ask for help, as may be needed.

  

Lecture, Lab, Assignment and Reading List (subject to revision)

 [HB2014 = Hiscock and Bense, 2014; F2001 = Fetter, 2001; FC1979 = Freeze and Cherry, 1979]

Date

Presentation/Lab topic(s)

Readings/Problem sets

Week 1
M 3/30 – F 4/3

First class: M 3/30

1. Introduction, motivation, overview, terminology

HB2014: 1.2-1.4, 1.6, F2001: 1.1-1.10
Stephens, 2009 (GW careers)
Davis, 1994 and Focht, 1995 (GW careers)

 

No lab meeting during first week of classes

 

2. Hydrology Overview, Continuity

3. Water, Soil, and Aquifer Properties

HB2014: 1.5, 6.2, F2001: 2.1-2.9

HB2014: 2.1-2.2, 4.2; F2001: 3.1-3.3, 6.1-6.2
Hand out PS #1

Week 2
M 4/6 – F 4/10

4. Darcy’s Law, Hydraulic Head

HB2014: 2.3, 2.6 (stop at 2.6.1)
F2001: 3.4-3.5, 4.3

Tu 4/7 or W 4/8

Lab 1: Darcy's law and soil properties

F2001: 3.4-3.5, 4.6

 

5. Head vs. Potential, Aquifers

6. Aquifer Head Gradients and Properties

HB2014: 2.7. 2.8.3; F2001: 4.2-4.3, 3.7

HB2014: 2.8.1, 2.9; F2001: 3.9, 3.11
Saines, 1981
Hand in PS #1, hand out PS #2

Week 3
M 4/13 – F 4/17

7. Equipotentials, Flow Nets, Layered Aquifers

F2001: 3.8, 3.12, 4.9-4.11
HB2014: 2.8.2, Box 2.3

Tu 4/14 or W 4/15

Lab 2: Flow nets and seepage

F2001: 4.9-4.12, HB2014: 2.8.2, Box 2.3

8. Limitations of Darcy's Law, Continuity Equations

9. Wells:: Design, Hydraulics, Properties from Testing 1

HB2014: 2.6.1, 2.11; F2001: 4.7
FC1979: 2.11, DWR: Fractured aquifers

HB2014: 7.2.2, 7.3.2; F2001: 5.1-5.5
DWR: groundwater wells
Hand in PS #2, hand out PS #3

Week 4:
M 4/20 - F 4/24

10. Wells: Properties from Testing 2, Deviations from Ideal, Multiple Pumping Wells, Superposition

HB2014: 7.3.2; F2001: 5.1-5.5
FC1979: 8.3, 8.6
Rovey and Cherkauer, 1995

Tu 4/21 or W 4/22

Lab 3: Aquifer test analysis - by hand

F2001: 5.1-5.9

 

11. Wells: Single Well Tests, Capture Zones

F2001: 5.6-5.10; HB2014: 7.3.2
FC1979: 8.5-8.6

Hand in PS #3, hand out PS #4

Week 5:
M 4/27 - F 5/1

12. Confined vs. Unconfined Flow in One Dimension

F2001: 10.10, 4.13-4.14
HB2014:
Box 9.2, 2.12

Tu 4/28 or W 4/29
VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP

Lab 4: Campus (karst) hydrogeology

F2001: 8.3.4
Johnson et al., 1989
Freeze & Cherry, 11.4 (p. 513-515)

 

13. Unconfined Flow with Recharge, Regional Groundwater Flow


14. Effective Stress, Subsidence

HB2014: 2.13, 3.1-3.2; F2001: 7.1-7.7
FC1979: 6.1-6.3

HB2014: 2.9.1, Box 2.7
F2001: 3.10, 13.1-13.4
Bredehoeft and Hall, 1995

Hand in PS #4, hand out PS #5

Week 6:
M 5/4 - F 5/8

15. Groundwater modeling

F2001: 3.10, 13.1-13.4
Bredehoeft and Hall, 1995

  16. Vadose zone properties, physics, measurements FC1979: 6.4; HB2014: 6.4
F2001:  6.1-6.7, 10.5
Deming, 2002: 6.1-6.2
Tu 5/5 or W 5/6 Lab 5: Aquifer test analysis - by computer (Virtually) F2001: 5.1-5.6, 5.9-5.10

Wednesday, 5/6

MIDTERM EXAMINATION
1:20-2:25 pm (regular time)

covers material discussed through (and including) Week 5, closed book

  17. Vadose zone properties, physics, measurements

FC1979: 6.4; HB2014: 6.4
F2001:  6.1-6.7, 10.5
Hand in PS #5, hand out PS #6

Week 7
M 5/11 - F 5/15


18. Groundwater Chemistry

F2001: 9.1-9.8, 9.13-9.14; HB2014: 4.3, 4.5-4.6, 8.2; FC1979: 3.1-3.3, 3.5

Tu 5/12 or W 5/13

No lab this week - work on report!

19. Groundwater Solute Transport

HB2014: 8.2-8.3; F2001: 10.6
FC1979: 2.13, 3.4, 9.2
Wood, 1996

Hand in PS #6, hand out PS #7

Week 8
M 5/18 - F 5/22

20. Groundwater Contamination

HB2014: 8.3; F2001: 10.1-10.4, 10.7, FC1979: 9.1, 9.3-9.5
Andrews, 1998 + Stanley, 1998

Tu 5/19 or W 5/20VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP

Lab 6: Scott Creek Lagoon Seepage

Lee and Cherry (1978)

 

21. Groundwater Remediation

HB2014: 9.1-9.4; F2001: 10.8-10.9
Bredehoeft, 1994; Dasch et al., 1997; Nyer and Suthersan, 1996; Nyer and Fierro, 1998

Hand in PS #7, hand out PS #8

Week 9
Tu 5/26 - F 5/29
Memorial Day, 5/25

22. Salt Water Intrusion

HB2014: 3.6; F2001: 4.4; 8.7-8.9, FC1979: 8.13
Izbicki, 1996

Tu 5/28 or W 5/29

Lab 8: Tracer experiment

HB2014: 8.3.1; F2001: 10.6

 

23. Groundwater Management, Groundwater Law

F2001: 11.3-11.6; HB2014: 10.1-10.2
Bredehoeft et al., 1982; Alley, 2004; DWR, 2000: GW ini CA; DWR, 2004: GW Adjudication, SGMA Overview, 2014; SGMA Timeline, 2015

Hand in PS #8, hand out PS #9

Week 10
T 6/1 - F 6/5

24. Special Topics: Geology, Basins, and Convection

F2001: 8.1-8.4, 8.10, FC1979: 4.1-4.6, 11.3, HB2014: 3.2-3.8

Tu 6/2 or W 6/3

Finish lab report

 

Last week of classes!

25. Special Topics: Ores, Hydrocarbons, Geophysical Tools

HB2014: 3.7-3.8; FC1979: 11.2, 11.5, F2001: 12.4
Hand in PS #9

Wednesday 6/10, 4-7 pm

FINAL EXAMINATION

Cumulative, closed book

     
Deferred in 2020:    

 

Lab 7: Groundwater Modeling

F2001: 13.1-13.4, 13.6-13.8
Bredehoeft and Hall, 1995