Course Syllabus for

Advanced Hydrology
Avancerad hydrologi

VVR045F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2016
Decided by: Cintia Bertacchi Uvo
Date of establishment: 2016-12-15

General Information

Division: Water Resources Engineering
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The objective of the course is to provide fundamental understanding of the physical processes that determine the water flows and pathways in nature. The physics of the water movements are described and the relations between state and flows are quantified using mathematical expressions. The course is also to give an understanding of extreme events and the role of man on hydrology.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

Climate of the world, NAO, ENSO, precipitation process, different rain processes. Cold climate hydrology, snow and ice properties, snow distribution, snowmelt. Evapotranspiration, potential and actual evaporation and transpiration, different equations, relation evaporation and soil and vegetation conditions. Infiltration and percolation, pF-curves, soil water movement, irrigation. Hillslope hydrology, saturated and Hortonian overland flow, kinematic approach, particle movement, time-area method, reservoir theory, HBV-model, Beven’s model, time of concentration, ditch drainage, origin of stream water. Stream flow and lakes, water balance overflowing and terminal lakes, routing, regulation, flood control, mitigation of flooding, wetland hydrology. Extreme events, different extreme value distributions, partial series, the extreme of the extremes.

Course Literature

Brutsaert, W.: Hydrology, an introdution. Cambridge University Press, 2005. ISBN 9780521824798.

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, exercises, project

Examination Details

Examination format: Written exam
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Magnus Persson <>
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