Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


After the course the student ...

  • Understands factors leading to hydrological extremes in surface waters [knowledge].
  • Is able to estimate flood and drought extremes using historical data [skill].
  • Is able to quantify lake water balance components and assess regulation impacts on river flow [skills].
  • Understands how predicted climate change impacts on water balance components [knowledge].
  • Is capable of modelling river flow situations, in addition to performing flood risk analyses [skills].
  • Is aware of surface water resources and their distribution at present and in the future [knowledge/identity].

Credits: 5

Schedule: 22.10.2024 - 05.12.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Eliisa Lotsari

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Frequency analysis in hydrology; Lake water balance and estimation of its components; Computational fluid dynamics with 1D model; Analyses of flood risk (both ice-covered and open-channel conditions); Regulation of lakes and rivers; Climate variability and hydrology;

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Assessment of the course is based on the exercises and written report. The course also includes compulsory participation to final seminar, and other possible discussion sessions.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, demonstrations, exercises, reading of scientific literature, writing tasks, group discussions/work.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Study material is announced in the first lecture and in the course home page in MyCourses.

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    6 Clean Water and Sanitation

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

    13 Climate Action

    15 Life on Land


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Autumn II
    2025-2026 Autumn II


    Registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( A limited number of students will be accepted to the course, with preference given to students in the Master's Programme in Water and Environmental Engineering. Other students may be selected based on Motivation Letter and/or other criteria. The course may not be organized if fewer than 5 students register to the course.