CE 394K.2 Surface Water Hydrology

Spring 2007



INSTRUCTOR: David R. Maidment

Office: ECJ 8.612

Phone: Campus 471-4620, CRWR 471-0065

E-mail: maidment@mail.utexas.edu

OFFICE HOURS Tuesday and Thursday 1-3PM, ECJ 8.612 

LECTURES: Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30-11:00AM, ECJ 5.416

OBJECTIVES: This course is designed to present an advanced understanding of:

         The movement of water through the phases of the hydrologic cycle

         Development of hydrologic information systems

         Hydrologic modeling

PREREQUISITES: CE 319F and CE 356 or permission of instructor

COMPUTER: Course assignments will be completed using Excel, ArcGIS, Matlab, HIS Server and other software systems. Instruction in this software will be provided in class where necessary. 

TEXT: “Applied Hydrology” by Chow, Maidment and Mays, McGraw-Hill, 1988,

REFERENCES “Handbook of Hydrology”, Ed. by Maidment, which is on reserve in the Engineering Library. Other reading materials will be distributed during the semester.

CLASS FORMAT: Lectures supplemented with outside reading, homework, and exams. 

CLASS OUTLINE: See attached. 

GRADING: Homework = 20%

Midterm Exam = 20%

Oral Term Project = 10%

Written Term Project = 30%

Final Exam = 20%

Any problems, personal or otherwise, affecting grades should be brought to the instructor's attention. 

HOMEWORK POLICY Homework assignments are due in by 5PM on the day assigned. There is a box outside my door in ECJ 8.6 for turning in assignments after the class hour, if necessary. Homework must be done on clean paper, stapled in the top left corner, have your name in the top right corner, and your name, class and assignment number written on the outside when the homework is folded in half. 

EXAMINATIONS: There will be one 75 minute in class examination and a final examination. Each examination will be closed book, although you will be allowed a 1-page review sheet, and will be given on the date and time indicated. Missed examinations may be made up only if the reason for missing was illness or some other emergency.

EVALUATION: The University Measurement and Evaluation Center forms will be used during the last week of class to evaluate the course and the instructor. 

DISHONESTY: University procedures will be followed in dealing with cases of suspected scholastic dishonesty.

ATTENDANCE: Regular class attendance is expected in accordance with The University's General Information catalog and the College of Engineering policy (see the section on Attendance in the Undergraduate Catalog). 

IMPORTANT NOTE: The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate academic adjustments for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, 471-4241 TDD or the College of Engineering Director of Students with Disabilities at 471-4321.

Term Project


The purposes of the term project are:


  1. To enable you to explore in-depth some aspect of hydrology of personal interest to you.
  2. To provide experience in the formulation, execution and presentation of original research, including the proper documentation of a term project.
  3. To make an oral presentation and produce a report in html on the world wide web that will be informative to you and to your classmates.


The steps in carrying out the project are:


  1. Establish a web page. If you don't already have a personal web page, establish one at the Civil Engineering Learning Resource Center.
  2. Prepare a 1-page proposal in html on your website by Thurs Feb 15 specifying the objective of your project and outlining how you plan to go about executing it. Notify the instructor by email that your proposal is available and you will receive a response by email containing an assessment of the scope of work that you propose. After making any revisions in your proposal that seem necessary in the light of this assessment, this proposal defines the scope of your term project.
  3. Prepare a 2 page status report on your project to be posted on your website by Thurs March 22. You are expected to make some progress by mid-semester but the main effort on your term project in the later part of the course once you've learned more about the methods in the course.
  4. Present a final report orally in class near the end of the semester (you will have 10 -12 minutes for your presentation) and present your term paper in html on your web page by the last day of classes (Friday May 4). It is critical that you post your paper by this date because your classmates may need to read your paper in order to complete their final exam.


If you would like to work in a group to pursue a term project, that is fine, but you must carry out a particular section of the project on which you will present your oral and written report.



Key dates are shown in italics in the schedule below.








Tues Jan 16

Snow Day – University closed


Thurs Jan 18

Snow Day – University closed


Tues Jan 23

Introduction to the course


Thurs Jan 25

Exercise 1 – Obtaining and interpreting hydrologic data


Tues Jan 30

Mass, momentum and energy in hydrology


Thurs Feb 1

HIS web services (Tim Whiteaker)


Tues Feb 6

Atmospheric water & Precipitation processes


Thurs Feb 8

Exercise 2 – Atmospheric water and precipitation


Tues Feb 13

Surface climate and energy balance


Thurs Feb 15

Evaporation processes


Tues Feb 20

Exercise 3 – Evaporation


Thurs Feb 22

Soil water properties


Tues Feb 27

Soil water & infiltration processes


Thurs Mar 1

Exercise 4 – Soil water balance


Tues Mar 6

Review for Midterm Exam


Thurs Mar 8

Midterm exam


Spring Break!



Tues Mar 20

Watershed properties


Thurs Mar 22

Streamflow processes


Tues Mar 27

Exercise 5 – surface water balance (using OpenMI)


Thurs Mar 29

Water quality


Tues Apr 3

Flux, flow and transport processes in water bodies


Thurs Apr 5

Exercise 6 – Corpus Christi Bay Environmental Information System


Tues Apr 10

Probability and statistics in hydrology


Thurs Apr 12

Flood frequency and flood mapping


Tues Apr 17

TMDL and load duration curves


Thurs Apr 19

Instream flow and streamflow characterization


Tues Apr 24

Term Project presentations


Thurs Apr 26

Term Project presentations


Tues May 1

Term Project presentations


Thurs May 3

Course instructor evaluation, term project presentations, and review for the final exam