NIGK14026U Water Resources (part 2)

Volume 2017/2018

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


The course investigates dynamics of coupled flow and solute transport processes at different scales. Focus is on; (1) understanding geological heterogeneity and its impact on spreading of different tracers/pollutants in groundwater and how to use models to assess, understand, and quantify this, (2) the use of age tracers to estimate apparent groundwater ages and how to model groundwater ages using different methods, and (3) the integrated effects of topography, geology, groundwater flow, and subsurface denitrification on nitrate pollution of groundwater and stream water at the catchment scale. Laboratory experiments are used to analyze solute transport processes at the small scale, while real-world data on nitrate pollution is used at the catchment scale.

Learning Outcome


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

  • Understanding effects of geological heterogeneity on solute transport and pollution including simple geostastiscal measures.

  • 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 scientific literature on water resources and related supporting disciplines

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

  • Develop, calibrate and apply hydrological models to solute transport problems

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

  • Report writing of analysis of water resources

Please see Absalon.

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.
Lectures, but mainly exercises in the form of laboratory and computer experiments leading to the completion of a number of reports.
  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 136
  • Project work
  • 35
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Total
  • 206
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, duing course
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

Re-submission of written assignment, 20 minutes oral examination. The written assignment must be handed in prior to the re-examination week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.

Criteria for exam assesment

Please see learning outcome.