Course syllabus

Avancerad hydrologi
Advanced Hydrology

VVRN05, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 2
Date of Decision: 2012-03-16

General Information

Main field: Water Resources.
Elective for: MWLU2, V5-vr, W5-vr
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The objective of the course is to provide fundamental understanding of the physical processes that determine the water flows and pathways in nature. The physics of the water movements are described and the relations between state and flows are quantified using mathematical expressions. The course is also to give an understanding of extreme events and the role of man on hydrology.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must


Climate of the world, NAO, ENSO, precipitation process, different rain processes. Cold climate hydrology, snow and ice properties, snow distribution, snowmelt. Evapotranspiration, potential and actual evaporation and transpiration, different equations, relation evaporation and soil and vegetation conditions. Infiltration and percolation, pF-curves, soil water movement, irrigation. Hillslope hydrology, saturated and Hortonian overland flow, kinematic approach, particle movement, time-area method, reservoir theory, HBV-model, Beven’s model, time of concentration, ditch drainage, origin of stream water. Stream flow and lakes, water balance overflowing and terminal lakes, routing, regulation, flood control, mitigation of flooding, wetland hydrology. Extreme events, different extreme value distributions, partial series, the extreme of the extremes.

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Written examination and home assignments.


Required prior knowledge: VVRN10 Rainfall Runoff Modelling
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course might be cancelled: If the number of applicants is less than 15.

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Professor Magnus Persson,
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