What's hydrology?

Hydrology is primarily concerned with the amounts and quality of water moving and accumulating on the land surface and in the soils and rocks near the surface. It therefore encompasses water in rivers, lakes, aquifiers and glaciers.

What does a hydrology engineer do?

Hydrology engineers work with water quality sampling, designing small water distribution systems, designing rainfall harvesting schemes and siting shallow wells for local communities; skills which are very valuable when working in developing countries or during emergency relief work. Hydrological engineering can also include modelling of planning applications and the development of flood risk maps, detailed appraisals of water resources along with projects relating to rivers, seawater, coasts and groundwater.

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Wherever you work, whatever you do, at Arcadis you’ll have the chance to improve quality of life. It’s why we focus on attracting people who bring their all, value new perspectives and seize the opportunity to transform their world – and the world around them.

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esave was established in 1999 by two senior industry staff with a combined expertise of almost 40 years.

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J. Murphy & Sons Ltd

As an infrastructure specialist, Murphy is able to respond to the challenges of any project while making sure we provide our clients with a consistently high quality service.

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JN Bentley Ltd

JN Bentley Ltd is part of the global management, engineering and development consultancy Mott MacDonald, and offers clients full feasibility, design and construction services throughout the UK.

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KGAL offers a complete structural, mechanical and electrical engineering service to the construction industry

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Royal Navy

We are first and foremost a fighting force, serving alongside our allies in conflicts around the world.

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VSO is the world’s leading independent international development organisation that works through volunteers to fight poverty in developing countries.

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