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Gregory Korshin
CEE 577
Seattle Campus

Water-Quality Management

Application of biological, ecological, and chemical processes to modeling of water quality and use of such models in appropriate management of water resource systems. Includes units on the modeling of temperature, BOD, nutrient, phytoplankton, zooplankton, and other processes in lakes, streams, and estuaries. Recommended: CEE 476; CEE 485; CEE 462/FISH 434; CEE 491.

Class description

Basic equations. Transient and steady-state processes. Mixing and CSTR systems. Incompletely mixed systems. Water quality environments. Analysis of model performance and sensitivity. Elements of environmental statistics. Monte Carlo method and its applications for water quality modeling Modeling of dissolved oxygen, nutrients and toxics. Qual2Kw and Lake2K models. Water quality modeling and its implications for water management.

Student learning goals

Water quality parameters and regulations

Fundamental knowledge concerning processes affecting water quality

Deterministic and probabilistic modeling of water quality in representative situations

Group projects to obtain interpretable data in a consulting company settings

General method of instruction

Lectures (notes on the Web) Invited presentations (one or two) Hands-on exercises (computer labs, six to eight during the class) Group presentations and reports (midterm and final)

Textbook S.C.Chapra. Surface Water-Quality Modeling. Waveland Press  Lecture notes Washington State publications related to water quality Manuals (Qual2Kw, Lake2K) Report and refereed publications related to group projects

Recommended preparation

Recommended: CEE 472, CEE 482/483, CEE 476, CEE 462/FISH 434, and CEE 491.

Class assignments and grading

Grading Homework (two or three assignments) 30% Midterm report and presentations 35% Final report and presentation 35%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Gregory Korshin
Date: 06/04/2012