Advanced Hydrology




This course introduces students to the key concepts in Physical Hydrology and Land Surface Modeling.


Course Objectives: This course will provide the general background in hydrological modeling, particularly focusing on land surface hydrological processes such as modeling evapotranspiration, runoff, and river flows on a physical basis. We will cover topics ranging from basic concepts in physical hydrology, history of land surface modeling, current approaches of modeling various land surface hydrological processes in the state-of-the-art land surface models, and emerging issues in large-scale water cycle modeling including human impacts on the water cycle and the interactions with climate system.


Class Schedule:

Class Meets: Tu, Th: 10:20 AM - 11:40 AM, Room C131, Holden Hall
Office Hours: Tu : 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM, Room A134 ERC or by appointment

Instructor: Prof. Yadu Pokhrel

E-mail: ypokhrel [at]

Office Phone: 517-355-2360




Physical Hydrology by Lawrence S. Dingman, Third Edition (ISBN-13: 978-1478611189)

Reference books:

  • Hydrology by WIlfred Brutsaert, Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  • Rainfall-Runoff Modeling - The Primer, Keith J. Beven