GEO4440 – Water Resources Management

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Course content

The course provides practice in the use and management of water resources primarily in Norway. Topics covered:
• Legislation on water resource management
• Responsible institutions in Norwegian management
• Use of watercourses for power developments and water supplies
• Emergency preparedness and apportionment of responsibility during dangerous overflows. Flood warning. Flood zone mapping and planning of land use. Erosion and prevention.
• Securing of groundwater reservoirs
• Impact analysis of multi-use of water resources
• International forums of which Norway is a member

Learning outcome

Students will have a foundation for carrying out specialist management work.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

No obligatory prerequisites beyond the minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway.


This course does not offer new examination in the beginning of the subsequent term for candidates who withdraw during an ordinary examination or fail an ordinary examination. For general information about new examinations, see /studier/admin/eksamen/sykdom-utsatt/mn/index.html and

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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.


Auditor for this course is associate professor Ivar Berthling, Department of Geography, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

Parts of this course continues on in GEO4441.


Every autumn

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