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 water balance and runoff generation mechanism in areas of different land use [Knowledge]
  • Understands linkages from runoff processes to generation of nutrient and sediment loads [Knowledge]
  • Is able to compile meteorological data for hydrological models [Skill]
  • Is able to construct simple hydrological models and apply models in areas of different land use [Skill]
  • Can make a plan of agricultural land drainage [Skill]
  • Has improved systematic thinking based on modelling concepts [Identity]
  • Has enhanced preparedness for hydrological impact assessments [Identity]

Credits: 5

Schedule: 09.01.2025 - 20.02.2025

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Harri Koivusalo

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:

    History of hydrological modelling; Precipitation-runoff processes in forests, peatlands, agricultural areas, and urban areas; Construction and application of conceptual and process-based precipitation-runoff models; Stormwater modeling in urban areas; Estimation of sediment and nutrient loads in areas of different land use.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lectures, demonstrations, weekly exercises, exam. Assessment of the course is based on the exercises and the exam.


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

    15 Life on Land


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Language: English

    Teaching Period: 2024-2025 Spring III
    2025-2026 Spring III


    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. The course may not be organized if fewer than 5 students register to the course.