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AE2107 Modelling of Water Systems 7.5 credits

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Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AE2107 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The first part includes basic concepts and methods that are used to design and use various modelling tools to understand the modelling process. The water systems will consist of various types of land use within watersheds of different spatial scales. Various water systems for different land use will be evaluated for urban, natural and managed ecosystems. The water systems will include connection to climate change and emphasize to understand how climate will have impacts on the hydrology but also how the hydrological systems will have impact on greenhouse gas emissions and climate.

The second and major part of the course consists of a project where students are working with specific data and models.

Intended learning outcomes

The course gives skills in the use of different engineering tools to facilitate an optimal design of water resources within a specific area. The work will be organised as projects and allow both detailed familiarity with a specific well designed task and general skill in communication to understand the usability of the obtained results.

The course provides detailed familiarity to applied hydrological areas by using different quantitative tools to elucidate a number of different problems.

Example of areas where the students should be able to work after fulfilling the course:

  • Improving water management by using models for increased understanding
  • Developing methods for monitoring and regulation of water system
  • Evaluation of climate variability and climate change for various spatial and temporal scales
  • Understanding the potential and the risk when using mathematical models.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Open to programme students from KTH with at least 180 credits, or other applicants with a bachelor's degree, including at least 6 credits in in numerical methods, programming or equivalent. In addition, second cycle courses for at least 30 ECTS credits are required.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • PRO2 - Project Task with Presentation, 4.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • PROA - Project Task, 3.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study

Built Environment, Environmental Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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