Hydrostratigraphy and Aquifer Sedimentology with Practicals

A.Y. 2021/2022
9
Max ECTS
84
Overall hours
SSD
GEO/02
Language
Italian
Learning objectives
Communication skills.
How to describe the architecture of porous hydrostratigraphic systems and its impact on groundwater flow to final users of hydrogeological models.
Learning skills.
Application of geological, stratigraphic and sedimentological knowledge to hydrogeological modeling.
Expected learning outcomes
Knowledge and understanding.
Understanding heterogeneity of porous hydrostratigraphic systems at different scales, from the pore-granules system to the basin-fill.
Applying knowledge and understanding.
Knowing how to characterize sedimentary heterogeneity moving through scale, dimensionality (1D to 4D) and hierarchy
Making judgements.
Acting to elaborate, evaluate and run quantitative hydrostratigraphic and hydrogeological models.
Course syllabus and organization

Single session

Responsible
Lesson period
First semester
The course will be held following the safety rules imposed by the Academia, owing to the pandemic. Therefore, lectures and practicals might be given online, at the Teams class "Idrostratigrafia, Sedimentologia degli Acquiferi e Laboratorio - Bersezio - 2021", because the safety restrictions are likely to be still set-on during fall/winter 2021. All information, including the access codes to the Teams class, wll be posted to the Ariel site of the course during september 2021 and e-mailed.
Prerequisites for admission
BSc degree in Geological Sciences
Assessment methods and Criteria
Oral exam based on exercises worked out in team work or individually. The exercises will be proposed and led during Laboratory work and will be the subject of pre-exam meetings.
HYDROSTRATIGRAPHY AND AQUIFER SEDIMENTOLOGY
Course syllabus
A) Knowledge and application of methods for aquifer characterization and hydrostratigraphic reconstruction at different scales (local-regional): 1) scale and typology of sedimentary heterogeneity, 2) petrophysical parameters relevant to the hydrogeological characterization, 3) methods for evaluation, measurement and estimate of distribution of porosity and permeability at different scales, 4) anisotropy of petrophysical properties of sedimentary aquifers, aquitards and aquicludes, 5) glacial, glacio-fluvial and alluvial aquifer groups, 6) methods and techniques to establish a conceptual aquifer model, 7) estimate of uncertainty.
B) Knowledge and application of the basic methods and techniques of hydrostratigraphic correlation, applied to hydrogeology of porous media: 1) correlation techniques, 2) hierarchy and classification of stratigraphic units, 3) architectural elements, 4) hydrofacies, hydrostratigraphic unit (HU) and sequential HU, 5) identification and 3-D mapping of HU boundaries, 6) hydrostratigraphic conceptual model and recharge of aquifer units, 7) evaluation of uncertainty.
Teaching methods
Frontal lectures, discussion of exercises, analysis of application case histories.
Teaching Resources
Digital format selected literature, textbooks and exercises provided during classes and available online (Ariel and Web).
LABORATORY OF HYDROSTRATIGRAPHY AND AQUIFER SEDIMENTOLOGY
Course syllabus
The Laboratory practical activity includes exercises on hydrostratigraphic reconstruction at different scales (local to regional, i.e. from hydrofacies associations to aquifer systems, complexes and groups) in different geological environments (glacial, alluvial fan, braided to meandering river settings). After a guided collective start-up, the exercises are worked-out by the student teams.
Teaching methods
Guided team-work, practice exercises in laboratory. Every team will be guided during personal training, by at least three meetings per group to discuss three class-work exercises
Teaching Resources
Materials for exercises are provided directly during lab-work, including the basic literature and the exercises themselves, in paper and digital formats. Literature and textbooks inherent the theorical parts of the Course are also necessary and are introduced during the lectures.
HYDROSTRATIGRAPHY AND AQUIFER SEDIMENTOLOGY
GEO/02 - STRATIGRAPHY AND SEDIMENTOLOGY - University credits: 6
Lessons: 48 hours
LABORATORY OF HYDROSTRATIGRAPHY AND AQUIFER SEDIMENTOLOGY
GEO/02 - STRATIGRAPHY AND SEDIMENTOLOGY - University credits: 3
Practicals: 36 hours