The Vadose Zone: Variable Saturation in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology (UP)

Event Date: 
19 Feb 08:00 - 16:00
Event Description: 

ADVANCED 

The Vadose Zone: Variable Saturation in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology Presented by the Department of Geology, University of Pretoria

Variably saturated flow conditions are increasingly relevant to geotechnical and hydrogeological assessments. This is most evident in the so-called vadose zone that extends from land surface to the phreatic surface, and which is characterised by variably saturated hydrological systems mostly at negative pore water pressures. The Vadose Zone: Variable Saturation in Engineering Geology and Hydrogeology short course explores this zone which is fundamental in understanding the subsurface component of the hydrological cycle, emphasising processes such as evapotranspiration, interflow, and groundwater recharge. Variable saturation provides special conditions whereby water not necessarily gravitates, and where aerobic or oxidising conditions can exist. This has important implications on groundwater recharge, vulnerability and susceptibility to contamination, as well as on the integrity of infrastructure and water management in the built environment.

Who should enrol? This course is suitable for earth, water and environmental scientists and engineers, working with cross-disciplinary data pertaining to the impacts of subsurface waters and seepage on water quality, the integrity of infrastructure, and the due diligence for environmental consequences of altering water budgets and flow paths.

Course fees R3 000.00 per delegate (VAT incl.) Course fees include all course notes, text books and refreshments during contact days. Course fees must be paid in full 14 days prior to course start dates. Proof of payment can be submitted to enrolments [at] enterprises [dot] up [dot] ac [dot] za.

Course coordinator Roelánnie van Deventer Tel: +27 (0)12 434 2565 Cell: +27 (0)83 704 4426 Email: roelannie [dot] vandeventer [at] enterprises [dot] up [dot] ac [dot] za

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