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Local to Global Water Vulnerability and Resilience



Course format On-site
Date 2020-08-31 - 2020-11-08
Cost 35000 SEK

Many different environmental and societal problems are directly related to water resources.

An important part of this course is problem oriented, with case study analyses of water resources and water quality. Such analyses are needed in several professions, since water-related issues are on the global agenda, e.g., in international conflict management, environmental management by governmental agencies, environmental policy, and industrial and agricultural impact assessments.

The course considers water resources and water quality, pollution spreading through surface, ground and coastal water systems, effects of water scarcity on plants and agricultural systems, as well as vulnerability and resilience of water resources. Regional analyses are also related to global water resource vulnerability and resilience.

The course covers:

  • Water resources and water quality: regional to global changes and differences of availability of and demand for clean freshwater, transboundary national and international water resource management, environmental policies, interest conflicts and dialog processes.
  • Water quantity: water availability, water supply, water balance, relations to energy supply, agriculture, industry, safety, climate change and ecosystem
  • Water pollution: different types of water pollution, point sources and diffuse sources, pollution transport by and in different water and soil systems, physical/chemical/biological reactions and natural purification along transport pathways.  


90 ECTS credits in Earth sciences, Geography, Biology-Earth sciences, Biology, Environmental sciences or equivalent science or technical major is required. 7,5 ECTS credits in Statistics. Swedish upper secondary school courses English B/English 6 and Mathematics D. Information about entry requirements on

Learning outcomes

After the course, students are expected to:

  • relate and estimate relations between upstream water abstraction, pollutions and measures and downstream effects on water availability and water quality
  • identify , extract and combine relevant information and data for analysis and estimation of water quantity and water quality issues on local, regional and global scale
  • relate physical, chemical and geographical relations between upstream and downstream water bodies to national and international policies and management of water resources (including dialog and conflict-avoiding strategies)


ISCED Categories

Policy and governance
Conservation and environmental management