Courses

Fall: CEE 496/551: Fate and Transport of Chemicals in the Environment

For graduate and undergraduate students interested in the behavior of chemicals in the environment. Subject covers the movement of chemicals through water, air, and soil, and also addresses their eventual fate. Physical transport, as well as chemical and biological sources and sinks, are discussed. Emphasis on anthropogenic chemicals, though in the context of pre-existing natural chemical cycles. Linkages to health effects, sources and control, and policy aspects.


Winter: CEE 475: Analysis Techniques for Groundwater Flow

CEE 475 provides a general introduction to the theory and practice of groundwater hydrology. Concepts are presented in the context of geological systems, and also derived from principles of physics. Topics that give a practical understanding of hydrogeological practices in the field are covered, as are basics of numerical groundwater modeling.
As a result of participating in this course, you will be able to:
1. Explain how groundwater fits within the global water cycle & water budget
2. Derive steady-state and transient groundwater flow equations using mass-balance principles
3. Solve steady-state groundwater flow equation using flow nets and transient flow equation using numerical methods
4. Utilize the proper analytical solutions to the transient flow equation to interpret pump test and slug test data for determining aquifer properties
5. Describe key processes involved with subsurface transport of solutes


Spring: CEE 550: Environmental Chemical Modeling

CEE 550 introduces students to geochemical modeling, an important tool for understanding the fate of chemicals in the environment and for predicting the impacts of contamination. Students learn about the physical and chemical processes controlling chemical fate, learn how to model these processes using Matlab, develop the ability to evaluate model results with chemical intuition and simple calculations, and acquire an understanding of what models can and cannot tell us about chemical fate and transport. The course focuses primarily on case studies and examples relevant to groundwater systems.
As a result of participting in this course, you will be able to:
1. Define the governing physical and geochemical processes controlling the movement and transformation of contaminants.
2. Apply chemical intuition and simple calculations to develop reasonable explanations for observations.
3. Develop and articulate conceptual models for sites and situations that identify the important physical and geochemical processes.
4. Utilize Matlab to test and enhance conceptual models.
5. Interpret and evaluate model results.