TVM5171 - Modelling Water Resources


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 4 hours

Course content

The course treats modelling of water resources with a special focus on reservoirs and hydropower. Main topics: Water storage, multipurpose reservoirs, modelling hydropower systems, modelling systems with multiple/competing use of water. Environmental effects of regulation, environmental design, water consumption, use of models for assessing impacts and mitigation. Effects of changes in climate and land use, downscaling and use of climate data and simulation of effects of climate and land use changes.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: The candidate should have an overview of the main challenges facing water resources management today and the central issues for the future - with a focus on climate and land use changes. The candidate should have a thorough knowledge of environmental impacts of river regulations and methods to assess and mitigate impacts. Further, the candidate should be familiar with the application of numerical models to simulate issues related to water resources management, and be able to understand and present outcome of such simulations. Finally the candidate should obtain knowledge of the most up to date measures of sustainability used in the assessment of water resources. Skills: The student should be able to apply a number of common computer tools in assessing impacts on water resources. The student should be able to understand limitations and strengths of modelling approaches and how results should be interpreted and presented. General knowledge: The course should provide a general overview of the current state of water resources and the challenges faced today and in the future. Knowledge of the methods used to assess the water resources and anthropogenic impacts on water.

Learning methods and activities

A series of lectures and seminars covering central topics in the course will be given. A series of exercises to illustrate how various models can be used in water resources management. A number of exercises must be passed before the exam. A one day excursion will be planned, counting as one exercise.

Compulsory assignments

  • Exercises

Further on evaluation

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

Course materials

Selected articles and book chapters.

More on the course



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


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2023

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Hydraulic Engineering
  • Social Studies
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator:

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100





Room Building Number of candidates
Summer UTS Home examination 100/100 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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