General information

Module title Hydrogeology
Language English
Module lecturer dr Filip Wolny
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Assistant professor
Faculty Faculty of Geographical and Geological Sciences
Semester 2021/2022 (summer)
Duration 30


The course will start on 07 MARCH 2022 (Monday)

Location: room 337 - third floor of the Collegium Geographicum building (Krygowskiego 10 Street, i.e. the main building of the Faculty of Geography)

The course will be held on Mondays
Attention: the timetable (weekdays and meeting times) may change at students' request. Please contact: if necessary

13:15-14:45: Lecture (or practical class)
15 min break
15:00-16:30: Practical class 


Module aim (aims)

(1) familiarizing students with basic terms in hydrogeology
(2) introducing the physical processes governing groundwater flow
(3) explaining basic characteristics of aquifers and other water-bearing media
(4) developing basic mapping and modelling skills to track groundwater movement
Module type: 10 hrs of lectures + 20 hrs of practical classes

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)

Basic knowledge of geology, geography, physics and chemistry


Week 1:
Lecture 1 (2hrs): Introduction, properties of water bearing media, aquifers
Practical class 1 (2hrs): Designing and interpreting hydrogeologic cross-sections
Week 2
Practical class 2 (2hrs): Designing and interpreting maps of the water table
Practical class 3 (2hrs): Designing and interpreting maps of the water table - continuation
Week 3
Practical class 4 (2hrs): Sieve analysis- estimating the hydraulic conductivity of a porous material
Practical class 5 (2hrs): Permeameter- measuring the hydraulic conductivity in laboratory conditions
Week 4
Lecture 2 (2hrs): Principles of groundwater flow, hydraulic head, hydraulic head gradient
Practical class 6 (2hrs): Estimating water flow velocity and water flow rates within an aquifer
Week 5
Lecture 3 (2hrs): Groundwater chemistry
Practical class 7 (2hrs): Presentation of results of groundwater chemistry
Week 6
Lecture 4 (2hrs): Field methods used in hydrogeology
Practical class 8 (2hrs): Interpreting field piezometric tests (eg. slug tests)
Week 7
Lecture 5 (2hrs): Water supply, problems related to groundwater protection
Practical class 9 (2hrs): Assessment of groundwater resources
Week 8 Final test

Reading list