NGEA09020U Water Resources (1)

Volume 2013/2014
MSc Programme in Geology and Geoscience

This 7,5 ECTS course is constituted by block 1 of the 15 ECTS course "Water Resources (1+2)"

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.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 136
  • Project work
  • 35
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Exam registration requirements
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Criteria for exam assesment

Please see learning outcome.