Syllabus for Snow Physics and Hydrology

Snöfysik och hydrologi

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1GE056
  • 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: 2015-03-12
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2016-04-25
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2016
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits with at least 90 credits in Earth Sciences and Dynamics of Earth Systems - Global Change, 10 credits

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

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

  • Describe and quantifykey physical and chemical properties of the snow cover
  • Calculate the surface energy budget of the snowpack to estimate meltwater yield
  • Use tracers to estimate the seasonal smowmelt contributions to stream runoff
  • Perform runoff predictions from snow measurements using a hydrological model
  • Apply some remote sensing techniques to characterise snow cover properties
  • Discuss the importance of snow as an environment for life


This course offers an introduction to various aspects of the science of snow, including snow physics and chemistry, snow climatology and surface energy balance, snow hydrology, remote sensing of snow cover, snow cover pollution, and the ecology of snow-covered environments. The course involves the interpretation of real snow datasets and remote sensing data, along with the application of a hydrological model.


Lectures, practical exercises and a project.


Evaluation of the course is based on assignments (1 credit), participation in computer exercises (2 credits), written reports (3 credits) and a written exam (4 credits). .

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2016

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • DeWalle, David R..; Rango, Albert. Principles of Snow Hydrology

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008

    Find in the library

Last modified: 2022-04-26