Natural Water Transport Processes 7.5 Credits

Naturliga vattentransportprocesser
First cycle, V0017B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2017 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Eva Gunneriusson 14 Mar 2012

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 08 Feb 2017

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G#
Urban Water Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and F0004T Physics 1 and F0006T Physics 3 or corresponding. Good knowledge in English, equivalent to English 6

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim

You shall be able to: 

  • carry out hydrological calculations regarding water balance, run-off, evaporation and snow melt
  • do calculations using the unit hydrograph and linear reservoir method
  • carry out measurements in streams (profile, level, flow)
  • calculate one-dimensional groundwater flow and groundwater extraction in confined and unconfined aquifers
  • describe the fundamental laws of hydraulics and solve problems based on these theories, e.g. calculate water levels, velocities and flows
  • set up and solve hydraulic problems for water flow in channels and weirs
  • generate and evaluate a model for snow accumulation and carry out a sensitivity analysis
  • describe different flow conditions and the transition from one to another 

This course shall give you an overall understanding for natural water transport processes and their calculation in hydrology and water flow. More specifically, the following issues are covered: Water cycle, water fluxes (precipitation, surface and ground water run-off, evaporation),and water storages in lakes, rivers, snow and ground water. Open channel flow: continuous equation, momentum equation, energy equation, open channel flows including different types of flows conditions and transition between flows.

Lessons, exercises, a compulsory field exercise and a computer modeling exercise. Due to weather conditions the field exercise is carried out during Study period .1

The course is examined by four take-home exams. The first three are done individually and the fourth in groups of two. The field exercise is examined by a report done in groups.

The course corresponds to parts of the course O011K Geology and Hydrology and V0014B Hydraulics and geology and these courses can not be included in the same degree.

Inga Herrmann

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2017 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Hamill, L., (2011). Understanding Hydraulics. 3 ed. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 9780230242753.
Davie, T. (2008): Fundamentals of hydrology. 2nd ed. London; New York: Routledge. ISBN: 0-415-22028-9 (hbk); ISNB: 0-415-22029-7 (pbk). (accessible as e-book in the library)
Lundberg, A. (2009): Kompendium i hydrologi. Geovetenskap, Luleå tekniska universitet. (made available i Canvas)

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

0001Take-home exam 11.1U G#
0004Take-home exam 41.5U G#
0005Field task0.4U G#
0006Take-home exam 22.5U G#
0007Take-home exam 32.0U G#

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.