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Water Resources Sustainability

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

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. 

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

Water Resources Sustainability
Water resources in agriculture. Photo Fernando Jaramillo.
  • 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, seminars and project work.

    Learning outcomes

    After completing the course, the student is expected to be able 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


    For details see syllabus.


    Fernando Jaramillo

  • 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.
  • Contact

    Registration is normally done at the beginning of each semester. 

    Student office
    Kerstin Hörnby

    Study counsellor
    Maria Damberg

    Course responsible
    Fernando Jaramillo