Syllabus for Global Hydrology



  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1HY115
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Earth Science A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2008-03-13
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2018-08-30
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2019
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits with at least 90 credits in Earth Sciences and 15 credits in Mathematics, or 90 credits in Physics.

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences
  • This course has been discontinued.

Learning outcomes

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

  • describe basic principles of energy balance at the soil surface
  • carry out micrometeorological measurements and data analysis
  • interpret field measurements of stream water discharge and groundwater levels
  • explain the hydrological processes occurring on regional and global scale in different climatic conditions
  • analyse and interpret climate data from global databases
  • apply an insight of water use and concepts of water management in various sectors
  • relate the effect of human activity and climate change on water resources leading to problems of water quality and water availability in different regions of the world


Theoretical aspects of micrometeorology, energy and water fluxes between earth and the atmosphere. Energy balance, evaporation and precipitation. Discharge and runoff. Soil water and groundwater; aquifers. Measurement methods and analysis of surface and goundwater. Hydrological processes in different climatic zones: from the poles to the equator. Water resources in an international perspective: water boundaries, water management. Virtual water. Human impacts on water resources; fragmentation, dams and chemical pollution. Water use in different sectors (municipalities, industrial and agriculture).


Lectures, field work, seminars, project work.


The course is graded using a written examination (6 credits), seminar presentations (1 credit) and the written and oral presentation of project work (3 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 2019

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Jones, J. A. A. Global hydrology :b processes, resources and environmental management

    Harlow: Longman, 1997

    Find in the library

  • Monteith, John Lennox; Unsworth, M. H. Principles of environmental physics

    2. ed.: Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, cop. 1990

    Find in the library

  • Rosenberg, Norman J.; Blad, Blaine L.; Verma, Shashi B. Microclimate : the biological environment

    2. ed.: New York: Wiley, cop. 1983

    Find in the library

Last modified: 2022-04-26