Climate and Hydrology of the Dense City


Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

The course will provide practical knowledge and skills in the development of designs supporting sustainability in the urban built environment. The main goal is to gain knowledge and understanding of the design challenges involved in creating a more ecologically based city considering natural and built elements in the design process. The course will contribute to knowledge and skills about sustainable urban development in a changing built environment. Hereby the students obtain competencies in engineering solutions to guide the city through a sustainable transformation.

Students who complete the module:

Learning objectives


  • Must have knowledge of causes, development, and effects of climate change from global to local scale
  • Must have knowledge on aquatic and terrestrial ecology and ecosystems
  • Must have knowledge on techniques for addressing climate adaptation
  • Must have knowledge on urban water management practices


  • Must be able to utilise analytical tools and methods concerning sustainable and infrastructural design
  • Must be able to identify and address problems in relation to climate adaption and hydrological issues relevant to the design of the built environment
  • Must be able to assess similarities and differences between rural and urban ecosystems
  • Must be able to assess the impact of the build environment on urban climatology
  • Must be able to measure quantify, and model urban transformation processes in relation to the built environment


  • Must have the competence to analyse, plan, and guide the sustainable transformation of a city
  • Must be able to evaluate the quality of urban ‘blue’ and ‘green’ ecosystem structures
  • Must have the competence to develop strategies for urban climate adaption

Type of instruction

See general description of the types of instruction described in the introduction to Chapter 3.



Name of examClimate and Hydrology of the Dense City
Type of exam
Written or oral exam
Permitted aids
Without aids
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

Danish titleKlima og hydrologi i den tætte by
Module codeAODUTM1K172
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Architecture & Design
DepartmentDepartment of Architecture, Design and Media Technology
FacultyTechnical Faculty of IT and Design