Water Resources – University of Copenhagen

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Water Resources

We welcome national and international students to our specialization in Water Resources. Our mission is to provide education at the cutting edge integrating teaching and research.

  • As a student you will learn about topics such as catchment scale hydrology, groundwater-surface water interaction, groundwater quality, management and protection of water resources, and integrated hydrological modeling.

  • Before you start you MSc research you will have acquired skills at an advanced level within hydrology, hydrogeology, hydrogeophysics, groundwater geochemistry, and computer modeling.

  • You will complete your studies by carrying out MSc research as a team member in on-going national and international multi-disciplinary research projects.

  • You will graduate with a degree enabling you to serving society by solving present days water resources problems on the global scale using DHI’s
    world-leading software MIKE
Hydrogeology (Bachelor course)
Goal is understand flow and transport in groundwater aquifers: physics of groundwater flow, pumping test analysis, groundwater contamination, simple advective solute transport, introduction to groundwater modeling (GMS/Modflow).

Hydrology (Bachelor course)
Goal is to introduce the physics controlling fluxes in the hydrological cycle: precipitation/evaporation, unsaturated zone, groundwater, open channel flow, rainfall-runoff, introduction to modeling.

Water Resources (1+2)
Goals is to analyze water resources problems at the catchment scale such as effects of future changes in climate and nitrate pollution of aquifers and streams: 3D geological modeling of large-scale catchments, steady and dynamic groundwater flow, groundwater age, nitrate transport at the catchment scale, advanced use of GMS/Modflow/MT3D.

Integrated Hydrological Modelling using Mike She

Goal is to learn how to setup and calibrate Integrated hydrological models in Mike She and Mike 11 focusing on couplings between atmosphere-land (recharge, overland flow), unsaturated flow, and groundwater – surface waters modelling. Multi-objective calibration methods are introduced and the models are used to understand controlling hydrological processes at the catchment scale.

Groundwater Geochemistry

Goal is to understand how geochemical and hydrological processes affect groundwater chemistry. The combined effects of groundwater flow and water-mineral reactions along flow paths are simulated using PHREEQC-2. Examples of course practicals include groundwater arsenic (Southeast Asia), fluoride (India), permafrost degradation (Greenland), seawater intrusion, pyrite oxidation and acid leachate from mine tailings. General keywords: mineral equilibria, dissolution/precipitation, reactive transport modeling, inorganic groundwater geochemistry, carbonate aquifers, silicate weathering, redox reactions, cation exchange, adsorption, heavy metals.

Water Resources Management
The course will introduce good practice for model use in water resources management, including uncertainty and risk assessments, stakeholder involvement, model validation test schemes, Integrated Water Resources Management and Adaptive Management. The course will illustrate typical water management conflicts and instruments based on a Tanzanian case study using MIKE SHE.

Applied Mathematical and Numerical Modelling
Goal is to get behind the equations used in hydrogeology: simple mathematics (Introduction to functions, differentiation, integration, linear algebra), mathematical and numerical solutions of ordinary and partial differential equations (finite differences), programming/scripting, use of Matlab.

Groundwater Exploitation and Protection
Goal is to analyze effects of uncertainty in geology on capture zones to well fields: Groundwater modeling, parameter optimization (PEST), parameter uncertainty, stochastic analysis of capture zones.

Field course 3 (Bachelor course)
The goal is to introduce students to classical field methods used in hydrology and hydrogeology. There are several possibilities; to join the official department field courses at the masters level, which, however mainly will focus on strictly geological disciplines (geology) or geographic disciplines (geography), follow our bachelor course on field methods in hydrology and hydrogeology, or apply to follow the University of Minnesota Hydrocamp (limited space, requires own funding).

Water Resources