Course code VANN200

VANN200 Hydrology

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Course responsible: Nils-Otto Kitterød
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of Environmental Sciences
Teaching language: EN, NO
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
Limits of class size:

Minimum 5 students.

Teaching exam periods:

This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel, .

Course frequency: <p>Annually</p><p><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/></p>
First time: Study year 2004-2005
Preferential right:

Bachelor's degree students in Environment and Natural Resources.

Course contents:

In this course we study the hydrologic cycle and the properties of water with examples from small (catchment) scale to regional - and global scale. The most important hydrological processes will be elaborated: precipitation; evaporation and transpiration; soil water; groundwater; and runoff, and how these processes are described; measured and quantified. We will emphasize tutorials where we work through practical problems related to different parts of the hydrology. In addition there will be lectures in chemical quality of water, and effects of human interference in the water shed. Fronter is used as communication platform, and MATLAB is used for tutorials.

Learning outcome:

During the course, students will get basic introduction to hydrology and how water resources is distributed in Norway and globally. After exam, the students will be able to quantify average water balance for Norway given pre-calculated datasets and be able to specify the most significant uncertainties of the water balance. Part of the learning goal is to get basic knowledge of physical and chemical quantities of water, and a understand the basic principles on mathematical estimation of physical variables in hydrology.

Learning activities:
Self-study, lectures,exercises in computer lab (compulsory hand in of exercises), group (voluntary); participation in the excursion (compulsory) and submission of a written field report (compulsory).

Teaching support:

Fronter or direct contact.


Lectures- exercises- and parts of text book in hydrology. Additional reading will be made available on Fronter.


GEO100, JORD101.

Recommended prerequisites:

FYS100, FYS161.

Mandatory activity:

(1) Three exercises must be approved. (2) Excursion and excursion report.


Written examination (3.5 hours).

Nominal workload:

300 hours.

Entrance requirements:

Special requirements in Science

Reduction of credits:


Type of course:

Lectures: 50 hours.


VANN200 covers both quantity and quality of water and ideally requires some insight into geology, pedology, physics, chemistry, meteorology and botany.


The examiner will assess the plan for the course and the final examination.

Allowed examination aids: Calculator handed out, no other aids
Examination details: One written exam: A - E / Ikke bestått