GEO9320 – Hydrological Modelling
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
In this course, you will learn all the important issues related to hydrological modelling including both surface water modelling and groundwater modelling. Interactions between hydrological and climate models, interactions between surface water model with groundwater model.
The course is divided into two parts. Part I deals with surface water modelling, whereas part II deals with groundwater modelling, as well as the inactions between surface water and groundwater modelling.
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
- how to code your own simple model
Admission to the course
PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.
If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.
PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.
Recommended previous knowledge
- MAT1100 – Calculus / MAT1001 – Mathematics 1 (discontinued) or similar knowledge.
- STK1000 – Introduction to Applied Statistics / STK1100 – Probability and Statistical Modelling or similar knowledge.
- GEO4300 – Geophysical Data Science / GEO4310 – Stochastic methods in hydrology (continued) or similar knowledge.
- Also, a background of bachelor courses in hydrology/meteorology/climatology/physical geography would be useful.
- 10 credits overlap with GEO4320 – Hydrological Modelling.
Lectures (4-6 hours) and computer practicals (2-4 hours) per week throughout the semester.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 surface water models, application of groundwater model, code your own simple model with the help of teachers) are examined and count 50% together.
A final written exam (3 hours) at the end of the course counts 50%.
Both the three assignments and the final written examination must be passed individually in order to pass the course.
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:
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.
Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.
Resit an examination
Students who can document 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.