NIGK14026U Water Resources (part 2)

Volume 2015/2016

MSc Programme in Geology-Geoscience
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics


The course investigates flow and solute transport processes at different scales. Focus is on; (1) understanding geological heterogeneity, its impact on spreading of different tracers including nitrate in groundwater, and how to use models to quantify this, (2) the use of tracers to estimate apparent groundwater ages and how to model groundwater ages using different methods, and (3) finally, the integral effects of topography, geology, groundwater flow, and subsurface denitrification on nitrate pollution of groundwater and stream water at the catchment scale. Real-world data is used and laboratory experiments may be used to analyze solute transport processes.

Learning Outcome


  • Thorough understanding of solute transport processes (advection, diffusion, and dispersion) at different scales

  • Effects of geological heterogeneity on solute transport and pollution

  • Groundwater age dating using anthropogenic tracers

  • Modelling of groundwater age and residence time

  • Modelling of solute transport processes at different scales including calibration

  • Groundwater quality (nitrate) and simple nitrate reduction processes

  • Mass budgets


  • Laboratory experiments

  • Groundwater age dating

  • Use of state-of-the-art hydrological modelling codes

  • Water resources investigations at catchment scale


  • Read and comprehend international literature on water resources and related supporting disciplines

  • Collect and critically evaluate data on hydrogeology, tracers, and groundwater quality

  • Develop, calibrate and apply a hydrological model to solute transport problems

  • Analyse and assess geology, groundwater flow and water quality at catchment scale

  • Report writing of water resources analysis

Please see Absalon course page.

BSc in Geology-Geoscience or equivalent. In order to participate students must have a knowledge corresponding to that obtained in part 1 of the course.
The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 136
  • Project work
  • 35
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
Oral examination, 20 minutter
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.
Without aids
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assesment

Please see learning outcome.