45100: Environmental Water Resources

3 Hrs/Week; 3 credit. (M/W 5.00-6.15 PM)

Prereq.: CE 35000 (min. C grade), CE 36100
Instructor:   Dr. Tarendra Lakhankar
Springl 2009:                Class Room: SH-73
Teaching Assistant: TBA


2008-09 Catalog Data: (CE45100 3 Credit) Water and water pollution in the natural world. The hydrologic cycle. Atmospheric, surface and subsurface water. Hydrographs, unit hydrographs and flow routing. Mechanisms of contaminant transport. Sources and remediation of water pollution. Pollution in surface and groundwater. Design problems.

TextbookDavid Chin, Water-Resources Engineering, Prentice Hall, 2000.

* Develop an appreciation for the components of the hydrologic cycle, how they interact, and how they transport various materials.
* Practice quantitative techniques for estimating the magnitude of different components of the hydrologic cycle (and their transported materials).
* Become more comfortable making reasonable estimates, utilizing data, and addressing open-ended questions in engineering problem solving and design.
* Become familiar with the agencies, organizations, and institutions participating in scientific research and management of the Southern Hudson River.
* Improve their ability to communicate technical material in written form and orally.
* Better their ability to do research: identify and collect needed information, analyze data, draw and support appropriate conclusions, and provide recommendations for future studies.
* Improve their ability to work as part of a team effectively.
* Develop their skills in completing an open-ended project under time constraints using a systematic, phased approach.


  • Introduction to the Hudson River and project topics (1 class).
  • Hydrologic cycle and analysis of hydrologic data (3 classes).
  • Precipitation, evaporation, transpiration and infiltration (5 classes).
  • Remote Sensing and GIS in Environmental Water resources (2 classes)
  • Flow routing, models (2 classes).
  • Groundwater Hydrology (3 classes).
  • Water Quality (1 class)
  • Mechanisms of contaminant transport. Governing equations (4 classes).
  • Numerical models (1 class).
  • Meetings with project groups (4 classes).
  • Presentation of student projects (3 classes).

Computer Usage:
Course requires the use of the internet and packaged software on three projects listed below.
* Using satellite data and explanations of data analysis programs from NOAA's website to estimate rainfall in the Hudson River's watershed.
* Using a standard spreadsheet package to design a runoff routing system in NYC.
* Using the internet and other means to collect data on the Hudson River's dissolved oxygen levels or PCB contamination in sediments, and using packaged software (Excel, Matlab, etc.) to analyze these data and present the results.
* We also use Excel extensively on homework assignments and teaching concepts and methods during class (students have their own computers in the classroom)

Assessment Tools:

  • Homework assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Design Project final report
  • The Research Project addresses course goals 5 to 9 and includes a Conception Phase report (written), Strategy Phase report (oral), Design Phase report (written), Implementation Phase report (oral), and Implementation Phase report (written)
  • Mid-semester and final course evaluations

Estimated ABET Category Content:
Engineering sciences: 2 credit or 66%.
Engineering design: 1 credit or 33%.

Relationship to program outcomes:
Between the design and research projects, this course addresses most of ABET's program outcomes.

























Design Project

Class Schedule

Homework 1

Solution Homework 1

Homework 2

Solution Homework 2

Homework 3

Solution Homework 3

Homework 4

Solution Homework 4

Homework 5

Solution Homework 5


Last Updated : Jan 21, 2009