Predicting Change in Hydrologic Systems GEOSM404

Water resources around the world are under pressure and climate change means that we can't assume the future will be the same as the past. The ability to predict how hydrological systems will respond to human-induced changes is vital for sustainable water resource management. This micro-credential is designed for people who have an undergraduate-level understanding of hydrology and are interested in developing the knowledge and skills needed to predict hydrologic change. Topics covered include hydrological system dynamics, simple numerical modelling approaches for predicting hydrologic change and common approaches for managing water resources in a time of climate change.

Upon successful completion of this micro-credential, you'll receive:

  • Three PD Points
  • A Certificate of Achievement
  • A UWA Plus Professional Development Transcript, listing all successfully completed micro-credentials
Delivery mode
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6 weeks
A total of 75 hours composed of readings and watching of recorded videos, learning activities and discussions during online workshops, completion of assessment tasks. Two weeks post-workshops to finalize assessment submission.
Academic lead
Dr Sarah Bourke
$990 inc. GST
Critical information summary
Predicting Change in Hydrologic Systems GEOSM404 [PDF 245KB]

What you'll learn

Participants will be able to:

Identify key processes and numerical approaches for predicting change in hydrologic systems.

Apply simple numerical models to assess climate-related change and management strategies for water resources.


Why study this course?

  • Learn about the world's most important resource: water.
  • Build your skills in predicting hydrologic change.
  • Deepen your understanding of common approaches for managing water resources in a time of climate change.

Who should study this course?

This micro-credential is suitable for people who are working in water-related roles and want to deepen their understanding ways of predicting and managing how changes in the water cycle. This micro-credential is also suitable for people who are considering Masters-level postgraduate study and would like to “try before they buy”.

Recommended prior study

Completion of an undergraduate degree in natural sciences. Undergraduate-level numeracy skills including unit conversions and rearranging of equations. Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, especially Excel for data analysis and data plotting and PowerPoint for drawing simple schematics.

What's next after this course?

This micro-credential is complemented by GEOSM403. Completion of both of these micro-credentials can be used as academic credit towards GEOS4499 upon enrolment in the Master of Hydrogeology or Master of Environmental Science at UWA.