Georesources and Groundwater 4504

Course Objectives

The purpose of the georesource part is to learn to know properties of different geological landscapes in Norway and apply them on geotourism, rock and gravel resources, landslides hazards, and groundwater resources.

For the groundwater part the aim is to be an operative hydrogeologist on a basic level dealing with aquifer properties, sub surface flow theory, calculations, and field work.

It is important to to give the students practical experiences through case-studies, assignments and field school.

Course Description

The following topics will be covered:

Norwegian landscape regions and their geology
Norwegian glaciers
Bedrock tectonics and interpretation of bedrock maps
Quaternary history of Telemark, Norway
Landscape development and phenomenology
Reconstruction of depositional environments by 3-dimensional sediment models
Sand and gravel resources (properties, amount and use)
Aquifers in bedrock and sediments
Groundwater as drinking water resource
Groundwater flow, soil water and flow in unsaturated zone
Interaction between surface water and groundwater
The geological background for soil and bedrock slides
Calculations and field methods in hydrogeology
Introduction to mathematical groundwater modelling
Wells, groundwater heat, and heating pumps
Introduction to the EU groundwater framework directive and hydrogeological regions

Learning Methods

Lectures, assignments, and field school. 4 hours a week, 13 weeks. Five days field school. For the assignments the students are organized in working groups. In field school students work in groups handing in the field school report by a week after the course. Teaching language is English.

Assessment Methods

A 5-hour, individual, written final exam which counts 100%. Accepted report from the field school. Admission to the final exam requires acceptance of all modules.

Minor adjustments may occur during the academic year, subject to the decision of the Dean

Publisert av / forfatter Harald Klempe <>, last modified Anette Norheim Fredly - 15/01/2010