HWM-23306 Field Practical Hydrology, Water Quality and Meteorology


Studiepunten 6.00

Field practical77
Course coordinator(s)dr. ir. MJ van der Ploeg
Lecturer(s)dr. ir. MJ van der Ploeg
dr. ir. JJM de Klein
R Dijksma
dr. ir. OK Hartogensis
dr. ir. AF Moene
M Kooi
dr. ir. CC Brauer
dr. VF Bense
Examiner(s)dr. ir. MJ van der Ploeg

Language of instruction:


Mandatory knowledge:

ZSS06200 Fieldwork Safety

Assumed knowledge on:

MAQ-21806 Meteorology and Climate; SLM-20806 Water Quantity and Quality; MAQ-22806 Atmosphere-Vegetation-Soil Interactions.

Continuation courses:

HWM-20806 Hydrogeology; HWM-23806 Geophysical Fluid Mechanics; MAQ-32306 Boundary-layer Processes.


The course in containing a wide range of practical activities along the backbone of a water system description of catchments on different scales i.e. Berkel and Hupsel Brook. The description of the water system is based upon three different types of data and two types of sources (i.e. system parameters, state variables and flow parameters from own observations in the field and historical databases). It involves the study of the relationship between water quantity, water quality, atmospheric and catchment characteristics (.i.e. geology, topography, land use, storage (change), drainage and rainfall runoff). Research is done on atmospheric processes, water retention, conservation, and discharge, as well as transport and behavior of pollutants. Students will collect, verify, analyze, process and interpret components of the water and nutrient balance on different temporal and spatial scales. Quality and error analysis of observed data is an important part of this course. 

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to recognize, understand, quantify, analyze, explain and evaluate quantitative and qualitative processes in atmosphere, soil water, groundwater and surface water. Students are also expected to understand and apply various measurement techniques. 

More in detail, students are expected to be able to:
- design observational networks for meteorological, hydrological and water quality measurements in catchments; 
- understand and apply state of the art field methods;
- measure and interpret hydrometeorological, hydrological and water quality measurements in catchments;
- combine physical catchment properties and apply hydrological and meteorological conceptual models;
- analyze and explain the relationship between water quantity and water quality of small hydrological basins.  


- study of the practical guide;
- field survey, at several spatial scales, of the water and meteorological system (Berkel and Hupsel Brook), incl. field observations and laboratory analysis.
- compilation of water quantity, water quality and meteorological data;
- analysis and interpretation of own observations and historical data.


The examination of the course consists of two parts:
- presentation and discussion of the observational networks. For this element you have to obtain a GO.
- written examination with multiple choice and open questions. This exam will consist of a combination of disciplinary questions (hydrology, hydrogeology, water quality and meteorology) and integrated questions. The exam questions can relate to data sources, observation techniques, accuracy and uncertainty of system parameters and state variables. The mark for the exam should be at least 5.5 (on a 1-10 scale).


Field practical guide;
Literature on the Berkel, Leerinkbeek and Hupselse beek catchments and literature on catchment studies.
Field practical guide available at the WUR-shop.

Verplicht voor: BSWSoil, Water, AtmosphereBSc6WD
Verplicht voor: WULEABSc Minor Living Earth6WD