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Water Management and Pollution

Many environmental risks and societal concerns are directly related to the way we manage our land and water environments.

The course involves integrated assessment of water management and natural and anthropogenic flows of water, nutrients, pollutants and other water-borne biogeochemical substances that are important for management of the environment and natural resources.

The aim of the course is to give you a holistic view on management of water resources, spanning from quantifications of water and pollutants to legislation. It includes among others a brief review of ecological economics and its application for the management of water resources, analysis of European legislation of water management (European Water Framework Directive), Environmental Impact Assessment of a large hydroelectric project, methods to quantify water consumption and water footprint, optimization and allocation of water resources among sectors, and principles of water-borne pollution and mitigation.

Furthermore, the course gives you an opportunity to start developing their ideas for their master thesis by writing a scientific literature review of their choice, to identify important research questions and knowledge gaps.

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

  • Course structure

    The course present a combination of interesting lectures, analysis of scientific literature, seminars, computer lab assignments, workshops and oral presentations.


    • Water Resources Management, 7.5 credits
    • Pollutant Transport and Environmental Management, 7.5 credits

    Water Resources Management
    This unit includes modelling of water allocation in water systems and the solving of cases dealing with water resources based on examples from research articles. The course also covers ecological economics applied to water resources management.

    Pollutant Transport and Environmental Management
    This unit includes the modeling of mass flows of pollutants in hydrological basins. The course also covers European environmental legislation dealing with water-borne pollution.

    Teaching format

    The education consists of lectures, seminars, exercises, project work and presentations.

    Learning outcomes

    Upon completion of the course, students are expected to be able to:

    • identify and compile in relevant model systems the flows of water, solutes and pollutants that integrate water and socio-economic systems, and explain and categorize the main methods and constraints for the quantification and these flows 
    • identify and explain key natural and technological implications of policies, policy instruments and management of water resources and the environment
    • explain the needs and distinguish and compare different methods for quantifying and managing uncertainty, probability and risk in policy and legislation of water resources and environmental management.


    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
    Fernado Jaramillo