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AL1303 Soil and Water 7.5 credits

About course offering

For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

Target group

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Part of programme

Degree Programme in Civil Engineering and Urban Management, åk 3, MHI, Mandatory


P2 (7.5 hp)


28 Oct 2024
13 Jan 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Daytime

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

Places are not limited

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 28 Oct 2024 programme students


Joakim Riml


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Course coordinator

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus AL1303 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The hydrological cycle: water availability, water balance calculations on different spatial and temporal scales

Atmospheric water: precipitation, evaporation, evapotranspiration, data availability and measurement methods

Groundwater: formation and occurrence, aquifer properties, groundwater flow in confined and unconfined aquifers, groundwater pumping wells, data availability and measurement methods

Soil water: formation and occurrence, matric potential and capillarity, infiltration, flow in it the unsaturated zone, data availability and measurement methods

Hydrogeology: technical and hydraulic properties of soil and rock and its connection to land use, climate change and soil contamination

Surface water: surface runoff, flow conditions, hydrology of lakes, hydrographs, data availability and measurement methods

Catchment models: the rational method, the time-area method, the unit hydrograph method

Statistical methods: basic hydrological statistics, frequency analysis, hydrological design and risk analysis

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course the student should be able to:

  • explain the hydrological cycle and identify significant reservoirs and fluxes of water on different spatial and temporal scales
  • describe the hydraulic and technical properties of soil and rock materials found in Sweden and the consequences for land use
  • describe investigation and evaluation methodologies linked to hydrological processes in land and water system
  • apply physical, empirical and statistical relationships to solve applied hydrological problems

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic knowledge in geosciences that corresponds to the content of the courses:

  • AL1302 Geoscience and Geotechnical Engineering
  • AL1301 Natural Resources Theory

Recommended prerequisites

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Knutsson och Morfeldt: Grundvatten , teori & tillämpning, AB svensk Byggtjänst (2002).

Kompendium i hydrologi (2008), tillhandahålls av institutionen.

Litteratur och föreläsningsmaterial som läggs på kurssidan.

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


  • TEN2 - Written exam, 4.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN3 - Exercises and field exercises, 3.5 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.

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


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Joakim Riml

Additional regulations


SF1676 Differential equations with applications (7.5 credits), AE1601 Fluid Mechanics for Architecture and Built Environment (7.5 credits)


Notified at the start of the course