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GE482 Hydrogeology

Course description for academic year 2020/2021

Contents and structure

The beginning of this course provides a short introduction into the water cycle and the water balance on a local scale.

The hydrogeological part of the course deals with soil water in the vadose zone, groundwater in bedrock and unconsolidated cover rocks in addition to geological parameters of groundwater aquifers. This part further provides an overview over methods used to investigate hydraulic systems and to calculate hydraulic parameters, and includes the topics groundwater and pollution, groundwater chemistry, groundwater as water supply, the role of groundwater in unstable slopes and groudwater leakage in tunnels. A basic introduction in modelling of groudwater flow is also given.

During a field course, the students learn how to measure discharges, how to install and establish groundwater wells. During excursions, different types of groundwater aquifers both in bedrock and unconsolidated cover rocks are visited and discussed.

Learning Outcome


The students will:

  • gain understanding of the different components of the hydrological cycle.
  • have knowledge about the formation and flow of groundwater both in bedrock and unconsolidated cover rocks.
  • have knowledge about the practical use of groundwater as water supply and the role of groudwater during high water discharge, erosion and geotecnical challenges.



The students will be abel to:

  • do simple hydrological/hydrogeological calculations.
  • conduct hydrogeological field work and make assessments in the field.


General qualifications: 

  • use hydrogeological knowledge in practical applications.
  • understand the content of hydrogeological reports and publications.

Entry requirements


Recommended previous knowledge

GE406 Introduction to Geology, MA414 Mathematics for Science Studies, FY400 Introduction to Physics

Teaching methods

Lectures, exercises, field course, excursions

Compulsory learning activities

Participation in field course.

Approved field course report.

Approved excursion reports.


4 hours written exam

Grading A-F

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