Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Arctic Hydrology and Climate Change (UNIS)
Academic Year
Semester 1

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 5 Hours   Written exercises  In-Course Assessment: 
Semester Assessment Field excursion report and term project report  Continuous Assessment: 
Supplementary Exam Two-hour examination and 5,000 word report 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge of the following aspects of the water management in High Arctic regions:

  • The climatic conditions of Svalbard and the availability of water in High Arctic areas.
  • Hydrological measurement techniques.
  • Remote sensing of hydrological parameters.
  • Hydrological processes (snow melt, river flow and sediment transport) in the permafrost areas.
  • Erosion and sediment transport in catchments and rivers.
  • Water supply and wastewater processing, water management practices.
  • Techniques for water storage and transport.


This module is one of four suitable for students registered for BSc honours degrees in Environmental Earth Science and Geography, offered by UNIS in Svalbard. UNIS is a University on the High-Arctic archipelago of Svalbard, currently under Norwegian sovereignty. UNIS was established in 1993 by the four universities in Oslo, Bergen, Trondheim and Tromso to offer university level courses and to perform research relevant to its High Arctic location. The intention of this module is to provide level 3 students with the opportunity to undertake one semester of study overseas at UNIS within an international community of students and staff, in an exciting and challenging environment.

Brief description

A reliable water supply is essential for the development of infrastructure in the Arctic. This module provides students with an introduction to water resources in Arctic regions, hydrological processes, methods of water resource assessment and management, and technical solutions related to water supply and treatment.


This module is at CQFW Level 6