Contaminant Hydrogeology

Course content

(1) Slug/pumping tests and bore hole logging in the field, (2) slug- and pump test theory and analysis, (3) bore hole logging theory and analysis, (4) development of 3D hydrogeological model, and (4) risk analysis by groundwater flow and contaminant transport modeling. The course is a collaboration between the company GEO and Region Hovedstaden. Field investigations will be at one of Region Hovedstadens polluted sites near Copenhagen (oil products and chlorinated ethenes). The goal is to prepare students with the needed theory in an environment as close as possible to every-day-life and in close collaboration with practitioners.


MSc Programme in Geology-Geoscience

Learning outcome


  • Introduction to how Danish authorities handle contaminated sites to protect groundwater resources
  • Practical hydrogeological and geophysical field investigations at point-source contaminated sites
  • Theoretical understanding of pump tests and borehole logging
  • Application of industry-standard software for interpreting data
  • Write-up of ‘industry-like’ reports



  • Borehole logging to interpret geology
  • Borehole flow logging (gamma, conductivity, temperature), flow logs (to interpret inflow zones along long screens), and video logs.
  • Use of pressure transducers for measuring time series of hydraulic head
  • Pumping tests: (a) Capacity tests, (b) multi-step variable pump rate tests, (c) 1 day constant pump tests (drawdown) followed by 1 day recovery tests (pump shut off)
  • Advanced pump test analysis (unconfined response, possibility of estimating anisotropy in hydraulic conductivity)
  • 3D groundwater flow modelling to evaluate pump test experiment on regional flow and contaminant plume velocity and direction
  • Evaluating spatial variability in hydraulic conductivity
  • Use of industry-standard software
  • Write industry-standard reports



The course will give students the skills and qualifications for carrying out practical hydrogeological and geophysical investigations in close collaboration with external partners and provide a much broader platform for applying for jobs.

One block of teaching consists of; 1 week of preparation, 1 week of active fieldwork followed by 5 weeks of analysis of collected data and groundwater flow and transport modeling.
The course is based on lectures, fieldwork, and report writing.

Please see Absalon course page.

Knowledge of hydrogeology and geophysics ad BSc level.


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7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, During course
Type of assessment details
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners.

Re-submission of written assignment. The written assignment must be handed in prior to the re-examination week.

Criteria for exam assessment

See Learning Outcome

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Preparation
  • 111
  • Exercises
  • 35
  • Field Work
  • 60
  • English
  • 206


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 4
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
  • Søren Jessen   (2-7a7147706e7535727c356b72)

Lars Ole Boldreel

Saved on the 22-03-2023

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