Syllabus for Hydrology and Water Resource Management

Hydrologi och vattenresursförvaltning

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1HY141
  • Education cycle: First cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Earth Science G2F
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2009-03-12
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2013-04-26
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2013
  • Entry requirements:

    60 credits in Earth Sciences. 15 credits in mathematics and 5 credits in statistics are recommended.

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student should be able to

  • describe the water cycle and its driving processes
  • apply the water-balance equation to various hydrological problems in time and space
  • measure important components of the water cycle, especially flow measurements in streams
  • describe how components of the water cycle are influenced by human activity
  • analyse hydrological data and municipal planning in order to evaluate water resource management in an area
  • conduct and write a report on the results obtained from an individual project


The water cycle. Cocept of a catchment. water balance. Soil water and groundwater. Recharge and discharge zones. Effect of topography. Weather observations, measurements of precipitation. Groundwater recharge. Introduction to run-off models and hydrological predictions. Influence of human activity on the water cycle. Water regulation and supply along with planning. Instrumentation and measurement of stream flow. Basic methods of hydro-chemical analysis .

Field course: delineation of a catchment, flow measurements, and summarizing the results in the form of a report.

Significance of EU's water framework directive and water resource management.


Lectures, exercises, project work, field trips and a short field course .


The course is graded using a written examination (5 credits), and mandatory activities and reports (5 credits).

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2013

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Grip, Harald; Rodhe, Allan Vattnets väg från regn till bäck

    3., rev. uppl. /b 2. tr.: Uppsala: Hallgren & Fallgren, 2000

    Find in the library


Last modified: 2022-04-26