Syllabus for Statistical Methods in Hydrology

Statistiska metoder i hydrologi


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1HY114
  • 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 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:

  • identify statistical methods that can be used to handle large amounts of data
  • use statistical tools for modelling and analysis within the environmental sciences
  • carry out a time-series analyses
  • compute design floods and hydrological extremes


Shapes of probability density functions including measures of central tendency, dispersion and symmetry. Expectation and estimation. Frequency analysis and design floods. Discrete and continuous probability distributions, especially normal and extreme-value distributions. Confidence intervals and hypothesis testing. Correlation, simple and multiple regression. Variance analysis. Parameter-value estimation. Time-series analysis and simple stochastic models. Error theory.


Lectures, computer exercises, project work.


Grading is based on a written examination (4 credits) and exercises and also the written and oral presentation of project reports (1 credit).

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.

  • Xu, Chong-yu Statistical methods in hydrology

    Uppsala: Geotryckeriet, 2009

    Find in the library


Last modified: 2022-04-26