Syllabus of ADVANCED HYDROLOGY (2012)

Updated on 2012/4/21


Kei Yoshimura, Shinta Seto, Kazuo Oki, Goro Mouri, Daisuke Komori


Thursdays, 1:30pm-3:10pm (note: Tuesday May 1 instead of May 3)


As311 Komaba II Campus (except 10,17,24 May and 28 June)


Recommended Text

  • Brutsaert, 2005, “Hydrology: An Introduction”, Cambridge Univ. Press (both Japanese and English version are available)

Reference Textbooks

  • Dingman, 2002, Physical Hydrology, Prentice-Hall, Inc.
  • Chow, V.T., D.R. Maidment, and L.W. Mays, 1988, Applied Hydrology, McGraw-Hill Book Company.


  • Introduction: Hydrological cycle and Water Balance (Yoshimura)
    • Basic Definition and Terms
    • Global and Regional Hydrological Cycle and Water Balance
    • Surface/Subsurface Hydrological Processes in a Basin
    • Global Energy Balance
  • Atmospheric circulations (Yoshimura)
    • Dynamic motion of Atmosphere; momentum equations and Coriolis force
    • Hadley/Ferrel/Polar circulations and Walker circulations
  • Evapotranspiration processes (Yoshimura)
    • Albedo and Bowen ratio
    • Penman equation and Penman-Montieth equation
    • Big-leaf models
  • Runoff and River Flow (Yoshimura)
    • Runoff Generation mechanisms, River flow routing
    • Unit Hydrograph and Storm hydrograph
    • Hydrograph separation and Baseflow recession
  • Isotope Hydrology (Yoshimura)
    • Stable water isotopes and isotopic fractionation
    • Rayleigh’s Distillation Process
    • Spacio/temporal distributions of precipitation water isotopes
  • Precipitation, Water Vapor, Cloud, Snow (Seto)
    • Cloud and Precipitation
    • Cloud microphysics
    • Statistical characteristics of precipitation rate
    • Rain gauge
  • Remote Sensing in Hydrology (Seto)
    • Rain drop size distribution
    • Weather radar
    • Global precipitation maps
  • Remote Sensing of Water Quality (Oki K.)
    • Principles of remote sensing
    • Case I water and case II Water
    • Chlorophyll, Suspended Solids
  • Water Quality (Oki K.)
    • River Basin
    • Pollution load such as nitrogen and phosphorus
    • Mapping the Potential Annual Pollution Load in the River Basins
  • Environmental Ecology and Modelling (Mouri)
    • Digital Elevation Model (DEM) and Geographical Information System (GIS) in hydrology
    • Sediment erosion and transport
    • Environmental assessment from a water quality perspective
      • Effects of land cover and human impact
  • Uncertainty in Hydro-meteorological observation (Komori)
    • Principles of surface turbulent flux observation
    • Uncertainty in Hydro-meteorological observation
    • Interaction between surface and atmosphere
    • Case study of water balance analysis
      • The 2011 Chao Phraya River Flood of Central Thailand


  • 60% Term Project (Mid term Presentation (10%), Final Presentation (25%), Written Report (25%))
  • 40% Lecture Attendance

Lecture Dates

  1. April 19@As311 Lecture #1 (Yoshimura)
  2. April 26@As311 Lecture #2 (Seto)
  3. May 1 (Tue)@As311 Lecture #3 (Seto)
  4. May 10@As313 Lecture #4 (Mouri)
  5. May 17@As303 Lecture #5 (Yoshimura)
  6. May 24@As303 Lecture #6 (Yoshimura)
  7. June 7@As311 Lecture #7 (Yoshimura)
  8. June 14@As311 Lecture #8 (Yoshimura)
  9. June 21@As311 Mid term presentation
  10. June 28@As303 Lecture #9 (K. Oki)
  11. July 5@As311 Lecture #10 (K. Oki)
  12. July 12@As311 Lecture #11 (Komori)
  13. July 19@As311 Final Project Presentation
  14. (July 26@As311 Final Project Presentation if needed)