Subject: Hydrology, Water Resources and Environment

Scientific Area:

Civil Engineering


80 Hours

Number of ECTS:

7,5 ECTS



Overall objectives:

O1 - Provide students with a good understanding of the phenomena that make up the hydrologic cycle, to allow the creation of a sound basis for different applications in the field of Hydrology in Civil Engineering.
O2 - Presentation of the basic concepts for the analysis of surface and underground water resources, availability and needs. Definition of the constraints posed by the circulation of water. Management and protection of water resources legislation.
O3 - Develop soft skills, particularly with regard to the use of computational tools, holistic approach integrating the dimensions of sustainability, as well as drafting and technical reporting.


C1 - Surface Hydrology: Hydrologic cycle, catchment and flow processes; hydrological balance, rainfall, evapotranspiration, infiltration, soil water; Runoff; measuring hydrologic variables; flood study, preventive and corrective measures; problems of urban streams.
C2 - Groundwater Hydrology: Physical properties of porous media; rocks as water reservoirs, types of aquifers; Law of conservation of energy and application of Bernoulli's theorem; Darcy's Law; parameters characterizing aquifers, groundwater Funding; Interpretation of tests pumping for the calculation of parameters of hydraulic and productivity holes capture.
C3 - Exploitation, protection and management of water resources: Legislation, Water Framework Directive, Water Availability and environmental restrictions; standards of water quality according to usage, pollution and contamination of water main causes; Definition of protection perimeters of the abstraction of water intended for human consumption.


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Portela, M. M. , 2005 , Modelação Hidrológica , IST

Assesssment methods and criteria:

Classification Type: Quantitativa (0-20)

Evaluation Methodology:
Mini-Tests: aim to assess theoretical knowledge, practical and theoretical-practical. This way the student can, throughout the semester, evaluate their performance and change strategies if necessary. (5,0% + 5,0% = 10,0%) Work: The work is assessed per report, presentation or discussion. Allows students to develop writing skills, presentation of results, develop oral communication skills and teamwork. (30,0%) Frequencies/Exams: aim to periodically evaluate the knowledge acquired by students, including the ability to integrate different content in a holistic way. (30,0% + 30,0% = 60,0%) In the Resort Season and Special Season, the exam is worth 70% of the final evaluation, ie only the frequency is recoverable. The parts of the evaluation corresponding to the work and the mini-tests are not recoverable.