Environmental Fluid Mechanics

Although Canada has more water than most nations, fluctuations in the quantity and quality of our available water, due to climate change and other human influences, greatly affect Canadian life. Most water quality issues require an understanding of physical processes such as circulation and irreversible mixing. Examples include trapping of nutrients behind upstream reservoirs, nutrient supply to the photic zone supporting phytoplankton and fisheries food supply, effluent dispersal in lakes and coastal waters, and the path of contaminants (such as E. coli and Cryptosporidium) to drinking water supply intakes and beaches. The EFM groups focuses on the description and understanding of the physical dynamics of water bodies with the aim of developing numerical models for the prediction of the impacts of climate change and human activities on lake circulation.

Environmental Fluid Mechanics Course Guidelines

Prior to registering for courses, students should consult their research supervisor or the specialty advisor.

 

M.A.Sc.:

Core Credits

(6-13)

 

 

Elective Credits

(5-12)

  (Consult with Supervisor or Group Leader)

 

Thesis Credits

(12)

  (Register for CIVL 599C)

 

Total Credits

(30)

 

 

 

 

 

Ph.D.:

Course Credits

(30)

  (Consult with Supervisor or Group Leader)

 

Thesis Credits

(0)

  (Register for CIVL 699)

 

Total Credits

(30)

  (Minimum required beyond Bachelor’s degree)

 

The following courses are required for the M.A.Sc. and M.Eng. programs.
Core Courses (6-13 Credits)
Credits
Term

CIVL 416** 

Environmental Hydraulics

3

1

CIVL 540** 

Waves and Wave Effects

3

2

CIVL 541    

Environmental Fluid Mechanics (offered in alternative years)

3

2

CIVL 547

Estuary Hydraulics (offered in alternative years)

2

Not offered

CIVL 542    

Physical Limnology (offered in alternate years)

3

Not offered

CIVL 543    

Turbulence (offered in alternate years)

3

Not offered

CIVL 5971

Graduate Seminar (Required)

1

1 and 2

** Not required if equivalent course already completed (approval required)

1Students register only once for the course, but must attend seminars for the duration of their program.

Approved Civil Elective Courses (not all courses offered every year)
Credits
Term

CIVL 315     

Fluid Mechanics II

4

1

CIVL 316     

Hydrology Open Channel Flow

4

2

CIVL 407     

Environmental Laboratory Analysis

3

1

CIVL 418

Engineering Hydrology

3

1

CIVL 558     

Water Resources Infrastructure

2

Not offered

CIVL 566        

Transport & Mixing of Pollutants in Aquatic Systems

2

1

CIVL 569        

Biological Waste Water Treatment

4

1

Approved Non-Civil Electives (not all courses offered every year)
Credits
Term

BIOL 402     

Aquatic Ecology I

3

1

EOSC 474     

Marine Pollution

3

1

EOSC 512     

Advanced Geophysical Fluid Dynamics

3

1

MATH 400     

Applied Partial Differential Equations I

3

1 & 2

MECH 586     

Turbulent Shear Flow

3

Not offered

EOSC 571C

An introduction to Research in the Atmospheric Sciences and Physical Limnology

3

1 & 2