HWR50-USGS Short Courses

In addition to establishing a formal academic program in hydrology that would train a future workforce of professional hydrologists, the USGS-WRD also developed short courses in hydrology to train current employees.

Capitalizing on the momentum associated with the emerging Department of Hydrology and Water Resources, USGS contracted with the University of Arizona to run a series of 7-week hydrology short courses on campus in Tucson.

The first course was offered in January 1963.  Instructors of the short courses were about equally divided between faculty at the University and USGS-WRD staff scientists.  Included among these instructors were the same staff and faculty that initially taught and advised the first students of the Department of Hydrology and Water Resources. 


Neuman, S.P. and M.E. Campana, 1998, Editorial: Tribute to Eugene S. Simpson, Hydrogeology Journal, 6:1-2

Hudson, Hugh H. 1923- A History of the Water Resources Branch of the United States Geological Survey. Volume VI, May 1,1957, to June 30,1966 The Years of Change / by Hugh H. Hudson, Joseph S. Cragwall, Jr., and others.

Michael D. Bradley, 2006, John W. Harshbarger: The Founding Father of Hydrology and Water Resources at the University of Arizona (online article no longer published, accessed 01/24/2016).

E-mail exchange between Mark Anderson and Nick Matalas, November 2014.