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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Water Resources (part 2)

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 2
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Peter Engesgaard (2-7e734e77757c3c79833c7279)
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Course number: NIGK14026U

Course content

The course investigates dynamics of coupled flow and solute transport processes at different scales. Focus is on; (1) understanding geological heterogeneity, its impact on spreading of different tracers in groundwater, and how to use models to assess and quantify this, (2) the use of tracers to estimate apparent groundwater ages and how to model groundwater ages using different methods, and (3) the integral 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

Recommended prerequisites

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.

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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

Lectures, but mainly exercises in the form of laboratory and computer experiments leading to the completion of a number of reports.


No limit




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Category Hours
Theory exercises 35
Preparation 136
Project work 35
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.


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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