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Seit SoSe 2022


Surfacewater Quality Modeling


Hellweger, Ferdinand Leberecht




Fakultät III

Institut für Technischen Umweltschutz

33331300 FG Wasserreinhaltung

MSc Technischer Umweltschutz


KF 4

Hoffmann, Jutta Susanne


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Learning Outcomes

After the successful completion of the module the students: Understand the mechanisms underlying phytoplankton ecology in surface waters, including transport growth and death, and toxin production; and can represent them quantitatively using mathematical modeling. - Understand basic eutrophication processes - Understand the modeling process, including selecting the optimal model and complexity, calibrating to field observations, applying and documenting/presenting the model - Can set up and solve differential mass balance equations using various techniques - Master basic principles of eutrophication modeling in lakes, rivers and estuaries - Have experience in setting up and applying off-the-shelf water quality modeling programs The module´ s qualification profile is: 40% knowledge and understanding, 20% development and design, 20% research and evaluation, 20% application in practice


The following topics will be covered: • Basic mechanisms through which environmental water quality becomes degraded by nutrients (eutrophication). • Transport processes in rivers, lakes and estuaries. • Kinetic processes governing phytoplankton ecology, including photosynthesis, respiration, grazing and others, and their mathematical description. • Mass balance equations and their analytical and numerical solutions. • Setup and parameterization of models for surface water systems.

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course NameTypeNumberCycleLanguageSWSVZ
Surfacewater Quality modelingUE0333 L 621SoSeEnglish2
Surfacewater Quality modelingIV0333 L 620SoSeEnglish2

Workload and Credit Points

Surfacewater Quality modeling (UE):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
75.0h(~3 LP)
Pre/post processing15.03.0h45.0h

Surfacewater Quality modeling (IV):

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
60.0h(~2 LP)
Pre/post processing15.02.0h30.0h

Course-independent workload:

Workload descriptionMultiplierHoursTotal
45.0h(~2 LP)
exam preparation1.045.0h45.0h
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

This module utilizes IV (lectures and discussions) and UE (problem solving) teaching methods.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:


Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

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Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 points in total



Test elements

Exam35written60 min
Homeworks20writtenca. 1/week
Term project presentation20oralca. 12 min
Term project report25written10 pages

Grading scale

Test description (Module completion)

Portfolio examination Each part will be graded individually using a grading rubric and can have a maximum of 100 points. The points will be weighted based on the following and then added.

Duration of the Module

The following number of semesters is estimated for taking and completing the module:
1 Semester.

This module may be commenced in the following semesters:

Maximum Number of Participants

This module is not limited to a number of students.

Registration Procedures

The registration for the exam is done via QISPOS or the Prüfungsamt.

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Lecture notes

Availability:  unavailable


Electronical lecture notes

Availability:  unavailable



Recommended literature
Surface Water-Quality Modeling by Steven C. Chapra, 2008, Waveland Pr Inc, ISBN-10: 1577666054, ISBN-13: 978-1577666059
Environmental Modeling by Jerry L. Schnoor, 1996, John Wiley, New York
Principles of Surface Water Quality Modeling and Control by Robert V. Thomann and John A. Mueller, 1987, HarperCollins, New York.

Assigned Degree Programs

This module is used in the following Degree Programs (new System):

Studiengang / StuPOStuPOsVerwendungenErste VerwendungLetzte Verwendung
Technischer Umweltschutz (M. Sc.)13SoSe 2022SoSe 2023


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