Integrated Water Resources Modelling

Course content

Fundamentals of surface and subsurface flow processes, fluxes between hydrological compartments in relation to climate, topography, and geological settings.

Hydrological modelling principles, model types, terminology, modelling protocol. Mathematical and numerical principles. Integrated hydrological modelling, process descriptions and model formulations. Introduction to the MIKE SHE model. Discretization, parameterization, data requirements, performance criteria. Calibration framework for integrated hydrological modelling, automated optimization, parameter uncertainty analysis.

Use of models in sustainable water resources management, uncertainty and risk assessments in water resources management, impact of climate change. Integrated water resources management, examples of typical water management conflicts and management instruments, case study on use of MIKE SHE to support water resources studies in Africa.


MSc Programme in Environmental Science
MSc Programme in Geology-Geoscience

Learning outcome


  • Theoretical knowledge of catchment scale hydrological processes and their interaction.
  • Theoretical knowledge of integrated hydrological modelling.
  • Theoretical knowledge of the use of integrated hydrological models for water resources assessment and management.
  • Knowledge of concepts and tools for parameter uncertainty analysis.
  • Practical knowledge of the use of integrated hydrological models to support water resources analysis and management.
  • Basic understanding of key concepts in water resources management.



  • Setup of an integrated hydrological model based on the MIKE SHE code.
  • Calibrate an integrated hydrological model based on the MIKE SHE code including sensitivity analysis and parameter optimization.
  • Use of integrated hydrological models for water resources assessment and management.
  • Conduct a modelling study for a case with data availability typical for a data poor country.


  • Explain an integrated hydrological modelling study.
  • Explain integrated water resource management.
  • Explain modelling approaches and activities as part of a water resources assessment and management study.
  • Write a scientific report on the use of an integrated hydrological model for water resources assessment and management.

Lectures, class exercises, case studies and project‐related work using integrated hydrological modelling.

Please see Absalon course page.

BSc in Geology-Geoscience, Geography-Geoinformatics, Nature Management, Environmental Science.

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, During course
Oral examination, 20 minutes
Type of assessment details
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

All aids allowed when working on the written assignment.

No aids allowed at the oral examination. The students can bring a copy of handed in report.

Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
External censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

See Learning Outcome

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 171
  • Exercises
  • 35
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 3
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board of Geosciences and Management
Contracting department
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Karsten Høgh Jensen   (3-7a77794f78767d3d7a843d737a)
Saved on the 28-02-2023

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