AE2505 Water Systems and Geographic Information 7.5 credits

Vattensystem och geografisk information

The focus of this course is on the significance of data and information for management and decision-making of water resources and systems, and on selected tools and techniques, in particular Geographic Information Systems (GIS), to increase availability of decision-supporting environmental information. The students learn to derive decision support from environmental data by the application of GIS-based expert systems and decision support systems, including multi-criteria analysis, and other tools to solve spatial water-related problems within different watersheds. Report writing and overview of other decision support techniques and tools are also included. Further, students will improve skills in communicating environmental information by planning related concepts and report writing.

Offering and execution

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters

Course information

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents *

  • Geographic information systems
  • Tools and techniques for decision support concerning water systems
  • Expert systems, decision support systems, spatial hydrological models, multi-criteria analysis
  • Communication and dissemination of environmental information
  • Indicators, scenarios, internet dissemination
  • Planning and management of water systems, watersheds, EU water framework directive

Intended learning outcomes *

After completion of the course, the students should be able to:

  1. Provide decision support by using GIS-based expert and decision support systems for solving spatial water related problems
  2. Communicate environmental information through knowledge and skills in using planning related concepts and report writing.

Course Disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites *

At least three years of academic studies (180 higher education credits) in an engineering, planning or ecological program. Documented proficiency in English B or equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

Grading scale *

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

Examination *

  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.0 credits, Grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - GIS Laboratory Work, 4.5 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.

Other requirements for final grade *

Written examination (TEN1; 4 cr)
GIS laborations and report writing (ÖVN1; 3.5 cr)

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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Ulla Mörtberg

Further information

Course web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web AE2505

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study *

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Education cycle *

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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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.