Syllabus for Groundwater and Surface Water Modelling

Grundvatten- och ytvattenmodellering


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1HY041
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Earth Science A1F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2014-03-13
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2022-02-01
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits with 90 credits in earth science or in technology or physics. 15 credits mathematics. Participation in course Hydrological Processes, of which 3 credits must be completed. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • explain different types of models in hydrology, including model calibration, validation and uncertainty,
  • use hydrological models for flood forecasting, water resources assessment, impact assessment of climate change and land-use change,
  • evaluate hydrological models with respect to their applications on gauged and ungauged basins and onstationary/non-stationary climatic conditions,
  • simulate groundwater flow and non-reactive and reactive contaminant transport in groundwater,
  • apply models to geologically heterogeneous systems by means of geostatistical approaches and the estimation of uncertainties.


General theory of mathematical modelling of hydrological systems. Integration of basic processes in hydrological models (evaporation, snow-melt, runoff, soil water dynamics, groundwater flow) in mathematical models. Model calibration, parameter optimisation, validation of runoff and groundwater models and their inherent uncertainty. Application of rainfall-runoff models.

Principles of contaminant transport in groundwater. Modelling non-reactive and reactive contaminant transport in groundwater. Parameter estimation and geostatistical/stochastic approach to groundwater modelling. Application of MODFLOW and GMS groundwater modelling packages.


Lectures, computer exercises, project work.


Course assessment consists of two written exams, one for groundwater (3 credits) and one for surface water (3 credits), computer assignments (2 credits), and written and oral presentation of project work (2 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2022

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Domenico, Patrick A.; Schwartz, Franklin W. Physical and chemical hydrogeology

    2. ed.: New York: Wiley, cop. 1998

    Find in the library


  • Shaw, Elizabeth M. Hydrology in practice

    4th ed.: London: Spon, c2011

    Find in the library


Last modified: 2022-04-26