Water Quality


Course Objective

The objective of the water quality course is to provide students with a
basic understanding of the landscape controls on water chemistry and
quality. More specifically, the student will at the end of the course:
• have acquired a qualitative and quantitative understanding of
biogeochemical processes in the soil that influence the chemical
composition of water;
• understand how the chemical composition of water changes within the
hydrological cycle: from precipitation, to groundwater to surface water;
• understand, describe and utilize techniques for assessing water
quality, and be able to interpret hydro(geo)chemical data;
• be familiar with different types of pollutants affecting water
quality, and understand how pollutants enter, move through, and interact
with the hydrological system.
• be able to independently interpret, visualize, and discuss existing
water quality data by means of development and presentation of a
conference poster
• be able to comprehend and present scientific articles on water
quality, and be able to criticise and discuss its content

Course Content

The quality and chemistry of water on Earth is a function of processes
that occur in the human and natural environment. Water of sufficient
quality is required for, for example, agricultural and domestic usage,
as well as for healthy ecosystems. Knowledge on water chemistry is
needed to study and interpret the quality of ground and surface water.
The following course topics are included: water sampling, analysis of
water and its constituents, parameters for assessing water quality and
chemistry (alkalinity, redox, nutrients), thermodynamics and kinetics of
hydrogeochemical processes, isotopic composition of water and its
constituents, how water properties change (reactive properties,
dissolution, weathering, evaporation, mixing), carbonate chemistry,
dynamics and transport of pollutants.

Teaching Methods

The course consists of lectures, supplemented with practicals
(assignment on case-study), and presentations.

Method of Assessment

Written examination (50%), assignment (40%), presentations (10%). One
has to pass all components (no compensation possible).

Target Audience

Hydrology MSc students and other earth sciences related MSc programs

General Information

Course Code AM_1166
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. J.E. Vonk
Examiner dr. J.E. Vonk
Teaching Staff dr. J.E. Vonk
prof. dr. M.H. Lamoree

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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