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AE2802 Hydrogeology 7.5 credits

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus AE2802 (Autumn 2014–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course main focus is on drinking water resources and the study site used in most of the exercises is a real-case site that is evaluated  as potential water supply for a municipality. The overall goal is that the student  after passing the course should be able to manage a water resource problem, more specific to evaluate an eskers potential as water supply.

The lectures cover subjects as hydrogeological environments, natural and artificial groundwater recharge, groundwater flow theory, transport processes, boundary conditions and contamination hydrogeology. Moreover, lectures about geochemistry, water quality issues and treatment techniques for small-scale water supplies are included.

 The exercises include conceptual modelling, pumping  test analyses, numerical modelling for transport and scenario analysis.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course you should be able to:

•Develop a conceptual hydrogeological model for a catchment

•Create a numerical hydrogeological model for a catchment

•Perform flow and contaminant transport modeling  of subsurface water for scenario analyses

•Identify and quantify crucial parameters for contaminant transport in the  subsurface

•Interpret field measurements and experimental data

•Identify water quality  problems  and suggest treatment techniques  for private  water supplies/wells.

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Bachelor's degree in the field of Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, or another subject with clear relevance to the course, of at least 180 ECTS credits, including basic knowledge in Hydrology, corresponding to at least 5 ECTS credits, and basic knowledge in Fluid Mechanics, corresponding to at least 5 ECTS credits. In addition, second cycle courses for at least 30 ECTS credits and proficiency in English B or equivalent are required.

Recommended prerequisites

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Hiscock, K.,2005. Hydrogeology - Principles and Practice. Blackwell Publishing. Available as E-book at KTH library ( Selected parts.

 Complementary literature such as reports  and handouts will be announced on the webpage (Bilda) short before the start of the course.

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


  • TEN1 - Examination, 3.5 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVNA - Homework Assignment, 1.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVNB - Examination, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, 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 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 AE2802

Offered by

ABE/Sustainability and Environmental Engineering

Main field of study

Built Environment, Environmental Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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