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EA5018 - Field Studies in Tropical Water and Soil Science

Credit points: 3
Year: 2015
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science, Technology & Engineering

This is a field-based one-week intensive course that provides a practical introduction to hydrological, water quality, regolith and soil issues of the tropics. Our laboratory is Far North Queensland, with all its geologically and climatically diverse landscapes, including the Great Barrier Reef catchments. We study the natural processes and human impacts on the amount and quality of water flowing through rivers and aquifers. Topics include landscape water balance, hydrological monitoring and modelling, aquifer properties, transport and transformations of nutrients and contaminants, water quality assessment in the field and laboratory, soil erosion and degradation, dryland and irrigation salinity and water regulation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Acquire knowledge of key processes influencing tropical hydrology and soils;
  • Develop enquiring approach;
  • Gain awareness of the water issues facing natural resources managers in the tropics;
  • Acquire up-to-date skills in assessing water quantity and quality.


Cairns, Limited, Study Period 6
Census Date 25-Jun-2015
Face to face teaching 12-Jul-2015 to 18-Jul-2015
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Paul Nelson, Dr HanShe Lim.
Workload expectations:
  • 12 hours lectures - lectures/workshop/seminar
  • 48 hours fieldwork
Assessment: presentations (15%); essays (20%); field report (65%).

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.