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Course content

This is a course on hydrological modelling at Master’s level. It is designed to emphasize hydrological concepts while providing useful skills for using well-know hydrological models in simulating hydrological processes. The course is divided into two parts: Part I deals with surface water modelling and part II deals with groundwater modelling, as well as the inactions between surface water and groundwater modelling.

Learning outcome

You will learn how to:

  • classify and evaluate hydrological (both surface water and groundwater) models
  • process and prepare data files for different models
  • solve groundwater flow equations analytically and numerically
  • use well-known models (e.g. HBV, WASMOD, MODFLOW, etc) in water resources assessment, in impact estimation of climate change and land-use change, and in solving groundwater related problems
  • interpret, analyse and understand the model outputs


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Recommended previous knowledge

Bachelor courses in basic mathematics, statistics and hydrology/meteorology/climatology/physical geography and
GEO4310 – Stochastic methods in hydrology (continued).

Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with GEO9320 – Hydrological modelling


Lectures and computer work.

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (

We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.


Three assignments (application of models) are examined and count 50% together. A written exam (basic questions) at the end of the course counts 50%.

The questions for the written exam will only be in english.

Language of examination

In this course any written exam questions or assignment questions may be available in English only.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who have a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

This course was periodic evaluated in autumn 2013 (pdf, in Norwegian).

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