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Susan M Bolton
F E 425
Seattle Campus

Wildland Hydrology

Introduction to the hydrologic cycle and basic hydrologic methods as applied to wildlands. Effects of forest management activities on hydrologic processes. Offered: W.

Class Description

This course is designed to give you a basic understanding of the hydrologic cycle especially in wildland watersheds. Management effects on various components of the hydrologic cycle will also be addressed. Assignments are designed to give you practical knowledge about how to do routine hydrologic analyses and design. Students will perform hydrologic measurements in the field and use their data to understand the hydrologic cycle.

Lecture is used to present basic hydrologic concepts and field techniques. Lab time is spent in the UW arboretum collecting data. Lab reports are the analyses of data collected in the field.

Recommended preparation

Familiarity with using the web to look for information. Realization that the class is computationally intensive (arithmetic and algebra) with lots of homework.

Class Assignments and Grading

Weekly homework, computationally intensive. Homework consists of write-ups of field data and other problem sets used to illustrate lecture concepts. Students also work in teams to collect weekly data in the arboretum which is used at the end of the quarter to assess the hydrologic status of the watershed.

45% class assignments 50% tests 5% participation

Grades are assigned on the UW grade point scale. They are equivalent to letter grades as follows.

A > 90% 3.5-4.0 Exceptional work B 80-89% 2.5-3.4 Above average work C 70-79% 1.5-2.4 Average work D 60-69% 0.7-1.4 Below average work F < 60% 0.0 Unacceptable work

Grades will usually be scaled according to the above table. In the event that a curve may need to be used, the above relationships will be modified.


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.
Additional Information
Last Update by Susan M Bolton
Date: 06/10/1998