EART 3005 Statistical Hydrology

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 300991

Coordinator Ataur Rahman Opens in new window

Description This unit covers the principles of statistical hydrology. It explores at-site flood frequency analysis, regional flood frequency analysis, trend analysis of hydrological data, linear regression analysis and multivariate statistical techniques to solve hydrological problems.

School Eng, Design & Built Env

Discipline Hydrology

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 2 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 3 subject

Pre-requisite(s) EART 4001

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Apply at-site flood frequency analysis techniques to estimate design floods from recorded streamflow data.
  2. Apply regional flood frequency analysis techniques to estimate design floods when no recorded streamflow data is available.
  3. Apply trend analysis to rainfall and streamflow time series data to check the stationarity of the data.
  4. Apply linear regression analysis to develop prediction models to estimate streamflow and rainfall indices.
  5. Apply multivariate statistical techniques to hydrological problems.
  6. Evaluate current Australian codes and software to solve statistical hydrological problems.
  7. Critically evaluate current literature to benchmark recent problems and developments in statistical hydrology practice.
  8. Design sustainable hydrology projects.

Subject Content

1. At-site flood frequency analysis
2. Regional flood frequency analysis
3. Trend analysis of hydrological data
4. Linear regression analysis as applied to hydrological problems
5. Multivariate statistical techniques as applied to hydrological problems


The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
2 Quizzes (Short answer test) at 10% each = 20% 30 minutes each 20 N Individual
Project (Students will produce group report, 3 students in a group, a group submits one report) 2,500 words 25 N Individual
Final exam 2 hour 55 N Individual

Teaching Periods