The Department, which was founded by the late Professor J.E. Nash in the 1970's offers courses in engineering hydrology and hydraulics to undergraduate students of Civil, Environmental and Industrial Engineering and in Hydrology to undergraduate Earth and Environmental Science students.
The Department currently has a small number of postgraduate students and since 2006 has been working on projects of the Irish National Flood Studies Update Programme.
Hydrology examines the occurrence, circulation and distribution of all the waters of the Earth. The science of hydrology is an inter-disciplinary one: a hydrologist will be immersed in physics, chemistry, and biology, as well as geophysics, geology, meteorology and fluid mechanics.
The International Postgraduate Hydrology courses which were on offer at the Department of Engineering Hydrology from 1979 to 2000 attracted students from more than 50 countries world-wide, many as part of the government-funded Irish Aid programme. More than 350 students have graduated from the Department with degrees or higher diplomas during those two decades.
Graduates are qualified for work at the highest levels in both the private and public sectors dealing with water resource issues involving the quantity and quality of both surface waters and groundwaters.
At undergraduate level a variety of course options are available to students in engineering, environmental science, earth science and undenominated science degree courses.
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(2010)In regional flood frequency estimation, a homogeneous pooling group of sites leads to a reduction in the error of quantile estimators which is the main aim of a regional flood frequency analysis. Examination of the homogeneity ...