NGEA09012U Water Resources (1+2)

Volume 2013/2014
MSc Programme in Geology and Geoscience

The course will integrate disciplines such as Quaternary geology, hydrogeophysics, hydrochemistry/isotopes and hydrogeology. Focus is on illustrating the worth of different sources of data. Fundamentals of groundwater flow and introduction to transport theory. Geological and hydrogeological modeling using advanced software. Hydrogeophysical measurements of key features in catchment. Use of hydrochemical and isotopic tracers to identify sources of water and assign apparent groundwater ages. Groundwater pollution from agricultural contaminants.

Learning Outcome


  • Quarternary geology, hydrogeophysics, hydrochemistry/isotopes and hydrogeology
  • Fundamentals of groundwater flow and introduction to transport theory
  • Hydrogeophysical measurements
  • Hydrochemical and isotopic tracers
  • Groundwater pollution from agricultural contaminants.


The course will provide a theoretical overview of the various fluxes of the hydrological cycle and how they can be measured estimated by models of different complexity:

  • The issue of scale
  • Hydrological modelling and water balance assessment at catchment scale
  • Modelling activities integrating several disciplines including hydrology, Quatertary geology, hydrogeophysics, contaminant hydrology, hydrochemistry/isotopes and hydrogeology
  • Field data


  • Upon completion of the course, students should be able to:
  • read and comprehend international literature on water resources and related supporting disciplines;
  • collect and critically evaluate existing and new interdisciplinary data on hydrology, geology, geophysics, hydrogeology and geochemistry;
  • calibrate and apply hydrological models for various hydrological fluxes (e.g. unsaturated flow, groundwater flow, flow interaction between groundwater and surface water) to solve flow and transport problems;
  • analyze the impact of the geological settings on subsurface flow and transport;
  • analyze and assess hydrology, water balance and water resources at catchment scale;
  • write a report over water resources problems and present findings.

Please see Absalon course page.

BSc in Geology and Geoscience or equivalent
The form of teaching and work will be class teaching with active participation of students by means of student presentations, group-work etc.
Students can choose to follow block 1 only and get 7,5 ECTS-points ny signing up to the course "Water Resources (1)" instead. In this case the exam assessment is based on teachers’ approval of assignments.
All students must hand in a written assignment after block 1. The assignment must be approved by the teacher. Students can choose to follow block 1 only and get 7.5 ECTS credits based on the teachers' approval of the written assignment.
Students must have an approved block 1 assignment to continue with the course and participate in the block 2 exam.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 272
  • Project work
  • 70
  • Theory exercises
  • 70
  • Total
  • 412
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral examination, 30 minutter
Oral examination (written report and curriculum) without preparation time. The examination takes 30 minutes, inclusive grading.
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.
Exam registration requirements
Report submission by ?????
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment

Please see learning outcome.