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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Water Resources (part 1)

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 1
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Karsten Høgh Jensen (3-706d6f456e6c7333707a336970)
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Course number: NIGK14025U

Course content

The course will integrate disciplines such as Quarternary geology, hydrology, hydrogeology, groundwater – surface interactions, streamflow, and groundwater age. Development of complex 3D geological models using the GMS modeling software. Fundamentals of groundwater flow, flow pattern and groundwater – surface water interaction in relation to climate, topography and geological composition. Application of GMS modeling software for simulation groundwater flow, streamlines, groundwater – surface water interaction, streamflow, and flow budgets.

Learning outcome


  • Development of geological models for use in groundwater flow and transport simulations

  • Theoretical overview of fluxes of the hydrological cycle

  • Rainfall – runoff relationships

  • Groundwater – surface water interaction and impact of topography, climate, and geological settings

  • Development and calibration of a catchment model

  • Travel path lines and ground ages

  • Flow budgets


  • Geological, hydrogeological and hydrological modeling at catchment scale

  • Use of state-of-the-art geological, hydrogeological and hydrological modeling 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 geology, hydrogeology, and hydrology

  • Develop, calibrate and apply a hydrological model to flow problems

  • Analyze the impact of the geological settings on subsurface flow and groundwater -surface water interaction

  • Analyze and assess hydrology, water balance and water resources at catchment scale

  • Report water resources analysis

Recommended prerequisites

BSc in Geology-Geoscience or equivalent.

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


Study Board of Geosciences and Management

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.


No limit




Please see Absalon course page.


Category Hours
Theory exercises 35
Project work 35
Preparation 136
English 206


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. A combined grade is given after the oral exam.


Without aids

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcome.

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.

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