Course syllabus

Vatten, samhälle och klimatförändringar
Water, Society and Climate Change

VVRN20, 7,5 credits, A (Second Cycle)

Valid for: 2017/18
Decided by: PLED W
Date of Decision: 2017-04-03

General Information

Main field: Water Resources Engineering.
Elective for: MWLU1, V4-vr, W4-vr
Language of instruction: The course will be given in English


The objective of the course is to provide methodologies and tools for adaptation of water resources systems with respect to climate change and climate variability. The course will also provide fundamental understanding of the physical processes behind climate change and its effects on the hydrological cycle.

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, global circulation patterns, climate variability, basic meteorology, rain generating processes. Downscaling in time and space. Changes in rainfall patterns, extreme events. Flooding, disaster risk reduction, sea level change and its consequences on near shore constructions, urban hydrology, impacts and mitigation. Maintaining quality drinking water in a changing climate. Problems in arid areas and developing countries

Examination details

Grading scale: TH - (U,3,4,5) - (Fail, Three, Four, Five)
Assessment: Examination is based on one project assignment and a written final examination. Marking of the assignment is based on the content of a written report and an oral presentation. The course grade is a weighted average of the two marked components.

The examiner, in consultation with Disability Support Services, may deviate from the regular form of examination in order to provide a permanently disabled student with a form of examination equivalent to that of a student without a disability.


Admission requirements:

The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: FMIN05

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Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Magnus Persson,
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