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Local to Global Water Vulnerability and Resilience

  • 15 credits

Many different environmental and societal problems are directly related to water resources.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2020

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on wether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

Welcome activities

Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.

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An important part of this course is problem oriented, with case study analyses of water resources and water quality. Such analyses are needed in several professions, since water-related issues are on the global agenda, e.g., in international conflict management, environmental management by governmental agencies, environmental policy, and industrial and agricultural impact assessments.

The course considers water resources and water quality, pollution spreading through surface, ground and coastal water systems, effects of water scarcity on plants and agricultural systems, as well as vulnerability and resilience of water resources. Regional analyses are also related to global water resource vulnerability and resilience.

The course is part of Master's Programme in Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Water Resources but can also be read as a separate course. 

  • Course structure


    1. Theory, 1 credits
    2. Seminars and computer exercises, 1 credits 
    3. Case study 1, 7 credits
    4. Case study 2, 6 credits

    Teaching format

    Instruction consists of lectures, exercises, (computer) exercises, seminars and project work.


    For details see syllabus.


    Safano Manzoni

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • More information

    After the course

    After the course, you are expected to:

    • relate and estimate relations between upstream water abstraction, pollutions and measures and downstream effects on water availability and water quality
    • identify, extract and combine relevant information and data for analysis and estimation of water quantity and water quality issues on local, regional and global scale
    • relate physical, chemical and geographical relations between upstream and downstream water bodies to national and international policies and management of water resources (including dialog and conflict-avoiding strategies).
  • Meet us

    Meet our teachers

     Course responsible Stefano Manzoni

    Fernando Jaramillo
    Zahra Kalantari
    John Livsey
    Imenne Åhlén

    Meet our researchers

    We investigate natural processes and anthropogenic effects and their variability and change in water, land and permafrost environments.

    Hydrology, hydrogeology and permafrost

  • Contact

    Registration is normally done at the beginning of each semester. 

    Student office
    Kerstin Hörnby

    Study counsellor
    Maria Damberg

    Course responsible
    Safano Manzoni