Geohydrology 7.5 credits

Second cycle, G7012B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2019 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Eva Gunneriusson 19 May 2015

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 14 Feb 2019

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Subject group (SCB)
Earth Science and Physical Geography
Main field of study

Entry requirements

90 credits in Geoscience, including the courses O0035K Geology, basic course and L0039K/V0017B Natural Water Transport Processes or similar courses or V0014B Hydraulics and Geology or similar course

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

After this course you will be able to analyze pumping tests and determine aquifer characteristics in order to estimate the effects of groundwater extraction.
You will also be able to design pumping and observation wells.
You will be familiar with a) methods to prospect groundwater b) in what types of rock and soil groundwater access is plentiful c) the laws governing water flux in soils, fractured rock and the unsaturated zone d) problems with and methods used to prevent I) salt water intrusion and II) pollution transport in groundwater III) leakage from landfills e) the structure of and the possibilities and limitations for groundwater models.
After the course, the future engineers will be able to work as consultants or in the industry with hydrogeological surveys.


Occurrence of groundwater in different types of rock and soil. Fundamental equation of ground water flow in confined and unconfined aquifers.
Transient groundwater flow.
Flow nets: Vertical and horizontal nets, anisotropical nets and transmissivity determinations from flow nets.
Pumping test analysis: Theis´s and Cooper-Jacob’s methods, aquifers with borders (imaginary wells), recovery data, semi-confined aquifers and aquifers with delayed yield.
Practical problems associated with pumping tests.
Unsaturated flow: Soil suction curve, pF-concept, techniques to measure unsaturated water content, unsaturated hydraulic conductivity.
Sea water intrusion in coastal areas.
Landfill hydrology: Water budget considerations to minimize leachate water formation with liners etc.
Ground water applications of geophysical methods.
Computer exercises: Principles for groundwater models and a demo test of a commercial groundwater.
Design of pumping and observation wells.
Groundwater flow in rocks.


Lectures, exercises and computer exercises.

Written exam (5p) and compulsory individual task to train oral presentation in English (1,5p), including participation to the data modeling (1.0p).

Jan Laue

Transition terms
The course G7012B is equal to L7019K

Literature. Valid from Spring 2016 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Todd and Mays, Groundwater Hydrology, 3rd ed. eller likvärdig bok.
Lundberg, A. 2007. Examples in Geohydrology, Div Applied Geology.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Written examG U 3 4 55.00MandatoryS16
0002Written assignmentU G#1.50MandatoryS16
0003Computer laboratory workU G#1.00MandatoryS16

Study guidance
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