Groundwater modelling (7.5 credits)
Directly following the compulsory Groundwater course, Groundwater modelling is based only on assignments that provide the experience of scenarios encountered in the industry. You are introduced to different software applications with enough time to work on your assignments and have a fairly good grasp on the software. My favourite assignment was one where we had to estimate what the feasible extraction rate would be to avoid exploiting the groundwater.
Water, society and climate change (7.5 credits)
By using a software we explore the consequences of rising sea water level in different Sweden regions. From seeing the effects of the rising water level, we proposed structural solutions to protect homes that would be affected.
I am aware of the different consequences of climate change but the rising sea level was one that I had never given myself time to understand. It was interesting for me to explore in this course.
Geographic Information Systems for Landscape studies (7.5 credits)
I will be honest, I had no clue what the relationship between GIS and water were. The workload of this course was quite intense but I had so much fun working on it. I even wish it was possible to have done another course with GIS.
Initially, I was intimidated but the lecturer and supporting course materials make the work for a beginner very doable. The key in this course is consistency and staying on track.
Rainfall-Runoff Modelling (7.5 credits)
From how precipitation is formed to how it is measured, I will never look at runoff the same again. The foundation of this course is lake routing, predicting outflow from expected runoff after a rainfall event. It is interesting to see how water from one rainfall event is distributed to different water paths.
Environmental Hydraulics (7.5 credits)
Lastly, the course that ended my exam season. Initially not too keen to take it, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It has probably been one of the most insightful and practical of the courses in my package. The connection of theory to real-world applications is done well through assignments. Even if this is not my desired line of hydraulics, I will use the knowledge in your everyday life, to understand pollution.