Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment of Groundwater

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Influences on the natural variation in groundwater quality are explored and their vulnerability to contamination is considered. Options for monitoring the quality of groundwaters are presented and opportunities and constraints associated with designing an effective monitoring and assessment programme are explored. Examples of monitoring programmes with different objectives will be illustrated using case studies.

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:

  • Identify the key geological influences on groundwater bodies and their water quality.
  • Identify the influences of human activities on water quantity and quality in groundwaters.
  • Select appropriate monitoring designs for groundwaters in relation to different monitoring objectives.
  • Propose locations for monitoring stations in given scenarios.

Fee information

The course fee is €400 for EU applicants and €800 for Non-EU applicants. For UNEP GEMS/Water sponsored students the course fee is €100. These candidates from developing countries should complete the Reduced Fee Form available on the website of the Centre. Applicants will be University College Cork (UCC) fully registered students and they will have access to the Learning Environment Canvas, through which the courses are delivered, and other resources of UCC such as the online Library.

How to register

Candidates should send to gemscdcadmin@ucc.ie the following documentation:

  • Application form available here.
  • Copy of Birth Certificate (or Certificate of Marriage if the name was changed).
  • CV.
  • Transcripts or parchment in English from your master’s degree/bachelor degree.
  • If English is not your first language, you should also supply an English Language Exam certificate.