TVM4106 - Hydrological Modelling


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: School exam
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
School exam 100/100 4 hours H

Course content

Data and data quality. GIS systems in hydrological applications. Lumped and distributed precipitation - runoff models. Updating and inflow prognosis. Reservoirs and lake models. Modelling of rivers and flood zones. Modelling of ungaged basins and regionalisation. Snow hydrology. Simulation of land use changes.

Learning outcome


The student should have knowledge of:

  • How hydrological models can be used for planning and operation of power plants, flood simulations and land use changes.
  • Theoretical foundation of the models
  • What simplifications and approximations that must be made for practical use
  • Which input required, uncertainty and errors in the data, and methods for correction
  • Calibration, Uncertainty and evaluation of results.
  • Use of GIS in hydrological modelling


Students will be able to:

  • Calibrate and use rainfall-runoff models to calculate drainage in a catchment
  • Calculating snowmelt with a degree day model and an energy balance model
  • Setup and application of a distributed model.
  • Prepare and assess the quality of data from different sources

General competance

Students can:

  • Link between basic hydrological theory and application of models
  • Choose between which problems that may be solved with simplistic models, and which require more complicated models
  • Understand how GIS can be used for hydrologic and hydraulic calculations

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and seminars. Exercises and applications of computer models.

Compulsory assignments

  • Computer exercises

Further on evaluation

There will be 12 exercises related to computations and simulations. 8 of these must be approved before you can attend the exam.

If there is a re-sit examination, the examination form may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

Selected section from the Hydropower Development Book series, papers and sections of reports. All materials are available digitally.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Water and Wastewater Engineering
  • Hydraulics
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: School exam

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD School exam 100/100 H INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS School exam 100/100 H INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date. If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.

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