Course code HidZP009

Credit points 1.50

Hydrometru and Limnology

Total Hours in Course40

Independent study hours40

Date of course confirmation18.04.2018

Responsible UnitInstutute of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Engineering

Course developers

author reserch

Inga Grīnfelde


author lect.

Anda Bakute

Mg. geogr.

Prior knowledge

HidZ2006, Applied Hydrology I

VidZ4009, Limnology and Hydrobiology

Course abstract

The aim is to ensure, during training practice, that the student strengthens and supplements knowledge of river hydrological issues, familiarises himself with instruments for measuring flowrates of watercourses. Students familiarize themselves with the issues of lake research and management. Students shall carry out a survey of the water body in nature and an identification of indicative species allowing for the determination of the trophic status of the water body. Perform a morphological survey of the water body and a description of the problems. Practical training provides the competence of students to address issues relating to the protection of water bodies and the improvement of their ecological status.

Learning outcomes and their assessment

After successful completion of this course, student:
Shall be familiar with the basic questions on the ecological processes of the water body, the anthropogenic factors and techniques affecting it for improving the quality of the marine environment. Strengthened and enhanced knowledge on theoretical and practical issues of hydrometry.
• be able to apply theoretical knowledge by determining the atrophic level of the water body, by identifying anthropogenic factors affecting the water body.

• The ability to apply the acquired skills and the necessary information to perform hydrological calculations. Competence to develop a water body management plan. (practice report)

Course Content(Calendar)

1. 1 introductory instruction and definition of practice tasks. (8 h)
2 Surveying of the phishprofile of the source of Lake and measuring the flow rate using two different methods (8 h).
3A calculation of the water balance of Lake. Determination of anthropogenic factors affecting lakes. (8 h)
4 development of a lake management plan. (8 h)

5 defending the practice report. (8 h)

Requirements for awarding credit points

Defended report

Description of the organization and tasks of students’ independent work

1. The student must complete all practice tasks, prepare and submit a practice report.

Criteria for Evaluating Learning Outcomes

1. Completed practice tasks 60 points
2. Prepared and defended practice report 40 points
The final assessment according to the total amount of points received during the semester:
• less than 50 points – 3 (unsatisfactory);
• 50...54 points - 4 (almost satisfactory);
• 55...59 points - 5 (satisfactory);
• 60...69 points - 6 (almost good);
• 70...79 points - 7 (good);
• 80...89 points - 8 (very good);
• 90...95 points - 9 (excellent);

• 96...100 points - 10 (with distintion).

Compulsory reading

1. Cimdiņš P. Limnoekoloģija. Rīga: Latvijas Universitāte, 2001. 159 lpp.
2. Sarma B. Hidrometrija, hidroloģija un noteces regulēšana. Rīga: Zvaigzne, 1990. 189 lpp.
3. Zīverts A. Hidroloģija (Ievads un hidroloģiskie aprēķini). Jelgava: LLU, 2004. 104 lpp.

Further reading

1. Ward R.C., Robinson M. Principles of Hydrology. London: McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, 2000. 450 p.
2. Shaw E. M., Beven K.J. Hydrology in Practice. 4th Edition. Spon Press, 2011. 543 p.

Periodicals and other sources

1. Limnology and Oceanography. [tiešsaiste]. Published/Hosted by Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography. ISSN: 0024-3590. . [skatīts 27.03.2018.]. Pieejams: Datubāze Wiley Online Library
2. Nordic Hydrology Published by IWA Publishing. ISSN: 0029-1277.
3. Hydrology Research ISSN 0029-1277


Professional bachelor study program Environment and Water Management