HYD 254Y: Ecohydraulics
Greg Pasternack, Department of Land, Air, and Water Resources
Use of 2D hydrodynamic modeling to perform instream flow assessment by exploring flow-dependent hydraulic patterns at multiple spatial scales and extrapolating results with empirical and analytical functions to evaluate geomorphic resilience and ecological functions.
This course is taught every other year in the fall quarter. Because the course includes so much self-guided material, it is possible for UC Davis students and outside professionals to take it on their own for 2 units as an HYD298 Group Study, leaving out the group discussion. Contact Professor Pasternack is you would like to pursue this option.
Student Learning Objectives:
- Students can explain the concept of two-dimensional (2D) hydrodynamic modeling, including assumptions and limitations.
- Students can list and explain what is needed to set up and run a 2D model.
- Students can create and run a 2D model from scratch using provided raw data inputs, including spatial distributed Manning’s roughness data.
- Students can validate a 2D model of a river.
- Students can delineate morphological units using 2D model outputs.
- Students can map and analyze aquatic physical habitat using 2D model outputs.
- Students can use 2D model outputs to analyze and interpret fluvial hydrogeomorphic processes.
- Students can discuss and explain the role of 2D modeling in river assessment and restoration.
- Pasternack, G. B. 2011. 2D Modeling and Ecohydraulic Analysis. Createspace: Seattle, WA.
- For additional information, see the Readings web page.
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