PL4-303 Runoff Management

Emneplan for studieåret 2022/2023

Innhald og oppbygging

Climate change affects the hydrological cycle and water balance from a catchment to global scale. More frequent extreme weather events along with population growth and urban compaction call for new approaches in water-resource and stormwater management.

The course aims to provide students with knowledge about the principles of physical hydrology, which then form a basis for knowledge-based runoff management. Students will gain an understanding of the physical processes that govern the movement and storage of water within a catchment and learn to quantify hydrological variables, such as river discharge, from both field observations and calculations.

Through seminars and case-based project assignments, this course provides students with skills to assess hydrological problems and make recommendations about strategies and plans for urban and rural runoff management that mitigate the challenges of climate change.



The student has

  • an overview of the different components of the hydrological cycle and the water balance
  • insights into hydrological processes, especially with relevance to the generation of stormwater
  • an overview of methods used to quantify and monitor hydrological processes, such as precipitation or river discharge
  • an understanding of how climate change affects hydrological processes and flood risk, in particular
  • knowledge on sustainable stormwater management, incl. blue-green infrastructure, to mitigate rural and urban flood risk


The student is able to

  • identify catchments and their general hydro-meteorological setting
  • work with meteorological and hydrological data to perform flood frequency analysis
  • conduct field measurements of river discharge
  • use hydrological models, online tools and simple hydrological and hydraulic calculations to solve hydrological problems relevant to runoff and water-resource management
  • assess plans for local runoff management to make urban areas less vulnerable to future climate change

General competence:

The student can

  • assess scientific literature, technical reports, websites, etc. to gain information on a particular subject
  • formulate own research questions and use theoretical and/or practical approaches to answer them
  • communicate findings in written reports and oral presentations
  • evaluate and provide constructive feedback on project reports and presentations

Krav til forkunnskapar

Completed bachelor degree of 180 ECTS.

Tilrådde forkunnskapar

It is advisable to have completed the following courses: GE4-300 Climate Change and Climate Policy and GE4-301 Fundamental Research Methods.

Undervisnings- og læringsformer

Lectures, seminars, homework assignments, group work and field excursions.

Field excursions cover different aspects of hydrology and runoff management, such as hydrological monitoring stations, hydropower infrastructure, flood protection infrastructure, and/or municipal water networks.

Obligatorisk læringsaktivitet

  1. Participation in 2-4 field excursions.
  2. Oral presentation of group project. Each group will act as opponent for another project. 


  1. Project work in groups of about 3-4 students. Written group-project report with one common grade.
  2. Individual oral exam on the overall course content and project work (ca. 20 minutes per candidate).


In the final assessment, part 1 counts 40 % and part 2 counts 60 %. You need to pass both parts.

Grading A-F.

Hjelpemiddel ved eksamen

Dictionary corresponding to the country of origin of the individual student, to be specified on the exam paper.

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