2023-2024 / GEOL1031-2

Management of groundwater quantity and quality


24h Th, 20h Pr, 1d FW

Number of credits

 Master in environmental science and management (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in environmental science and management (120 ECTS) (Renewable energy and sustainable buildings - Joint-degree programme with the University of Luxembourg)4 crédits 


Serge Brouyère, Philippe Orban

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course covers fondamental concepts related to investigations on groundwater quantity and quality for efficient groundwater management.
The main topics that are adressed are: general context of groundwater quantity and quality management, reminder on fondamental concepts in hydrogeology (water budget, piezometry, hydrodynamic parameters ...), field techniques (drilling, piezometric measurements...), performance and interpretation of slug tests and pumping tests, field investigations on groundwater - surface water interactions, groundwater quantity and quality indicators, general introduction on groundwater quality and pollution issues, factors controlling the natural quality of groundwater, pollutant properties and soil/groundwater pollution mechanisms, methods for investigating, controlling and mitigating groundwater pollution problems, Legal and technical aspects of groundwater management

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

General objective : to have theoretical and practical knowledge and a critical mind concerning groundwater quantity and quality management issues, in order to implement optimal protection measures for groundwater.
More specifically: to know and be able to master the main challenges related to groundwater management and protection, to understand and master the main properties and mechanisms that govern groundwater flow and contaminant transport processes in the subsurface, to be able to propose a field investigation programme aiming at quantifying hydrodynamic and transport properties in the subsurface, and to have a general knowledge of the legal and decisional framework related to groundwater management.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

It is recommended to have followed the course "ENVT3046-1 Pressions sur le sous-sol, Partim 2 : Eaux souterraines, or any equivalent course on hydrogeology


Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Theoretical course and seminars based on case studies.

Practical work during the course sessions based on a real case. This work is the subject of intermediate reports which must be submitted by the deadlines announced during the first course. These intermediate reports are subject to a formative evaluation (comments of the supervisors) but are not rated.

The comments must however be taken into account in the preparation of a final report which will be rated. This work is also the subject of an oral presentation (individually) during the examination.

If time is available in the agenda, one day of field trip in a hydrogeological basin for demonstration and use of field equipment and devices (pumps, probes) + measurement exercises.



Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)


Recommended or required readings

read-only copies of the presentations given at the courses + reference books + web resources

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Continuous assessment

Additional information:

During the semester, intermediate reports are due on pre-determined dates (details given at the beginning of the semester).

The reports are proofread and commented on but not assessed. Comments are to be taken into account for a final report which will be assessed.

A grade will be proposed. If the grade is equal to or higher than 14/20, and the interim reports have all been handed in on time, the student has the option of keeping this grade as the result of the course (exemption from the oral exam).

In all other cases, the oral exam is compulsory, consisting of a presentation of the work (in Powerpoint format or equivalent) followed by questions on it and on the material covered in the course.

In the second session, the oral exam is compulsory, but the report must be submitted by a deadline to be agreed after the June deliberations in order to be eligible for the oral exam.

Teachers will be particularly attentive to any attempt at fraud, such as plagiarism, paraphrasing or use of AI, both in the reports (interim and final) and in the presentation given at the oral exam. The sanctions that apply in such cases will be strictly enforced.











Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Covid-19 : in principle the course will be given in face to face mode on the Arlon campus. However, depending on the evolution of the sanitary context, it is possible that all or part of the course may be given in videoconference mode or in reverse class: provision of projection material with commentary pages detailing everything that would be said in the classroom, accompanied by question-and-answer sessions.



Quantity : Philippe Orban: p.orban@uliege.be
Quality : Serge Brouyère: serge.brouyere@uliege.be  -

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