Single-Course English 5 ECTS

Water Pollution

Overall Course Objectives

This course will provide you with the knowledge and tools for measuring, understanding and managing water pollution and the state of aquatic ecosystems, through:
1. Understanding the relation between physical and chemical pollution of surface waters and life in aquatic ecosystems
2. Assessing water pollution from various contaminant sources by applying chemical, biological and mathematical methods
3. Modelling techniques to analyze & predict the development of aquatic systems
4. Ecology of lakes and rivers
4. Knowledge of restoration techniques
5. Brief, the course deals with pollution of surface waters such as rivers, lakes and coastal marine waters.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the basic structure and functioning of aquatic ecosystems (lakes and rivers).
  • Describe national and international water quality objectives.
  • Identify threats to water quality (which pollutants, which regulations).
  • Characterize sources, behavior and effects of organic, inorganic and biological water pollutants (e.g. BOD; nutrients; xenobiotics, invasive species)
  • Get to know biological and chemical methods to measure and describe water quality (Saprobia index, chemical analysis).
  • Learn about actual research about various chemical stressors for aquatic life.
  • Develop and implement models for assessing water quality (oxygen models; transport models).
  • Investigate rivers and lakes.
  • Get to know restoration options for eutrophic lakes.

Course Content

• Surface water pollution and quality problems
• Sources and mitigation of pollution impacting streams, lakes and coastal areas
• General water quality parameters (nutrients; organic matter, oxygen)
• Life in and under water
• Sediment as a source and sink of contaminants and nutrients
• Analysis of surface water systems using various modelling approaches.
• Environmental legislative framework
• Rivers, lakes and coastal waters

Recommended prerequisites

12102/12111/12320, You can take course 12104 in parallel

Teaching Method

lectures, lab exercises, excursion, computer modeling, classroom exercises, databar sessions



former course 12233, 5 ECTS-version

Limited number of seats

Minimum: 15.

Please be aware that this course will only be held if the required minimum number of participants is met. You will be informed 8 days before the start of the course, whether the course will be held.

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13 weeks




DTU Lyngby Campus

Course code 12245
Course type Candidate
Semester start Week 35
Semester end Week 48
Days Wed 13-17

7.500,00 DKK

Please note that this course has participants limitation. Read more