Water Resources Management


IWRM W4110 Water Resources Management
Exam Code 4110
Credit Points 5 ECTS
Term Winter
Module Coordination Prof. Lars Ribbe
Lecturers Prof. Lars Ribbe; Dr Nadir Elagib; MSc Juan Ramirez
Workload (h) 45 Attendance 105 Self-Study
Prerequisites None
Intended Learning Outcome

After completion of this module the participants will be able to…

…describe assessment methods, management concepts and decision processes as solutions to water resources problems and conflicts

…through applying the concept of IWRM and system theory on WRM case studies

…in order to contribute to the comprehensive planning of water resources systems combining technical, socio-economic and legal-political measures

Content Introduction: Water Resources Challenges at global and regional levelWater Resources Systems

  • boundaries and elements of natural and technical water resources systems,
  • water balance, water quality elements, …

water uses and challenges on water resources systems

  • Uses and users of water resources and related use values
  • Impacts of drivers and pressures on water resources

Tools for water resources management

  • monitoring and information systems
  • water resources system modeling and decison support

Water resources management

  • The concept of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM), water governance and water economics
  • Definition of management functions and decision making processes in WRM
  • Global research, data sources and international initiatives regarding water
Teaching Method Input lectures, Self-study, group discussions, presentations to class, Exercises: problem tree analysis, DPSIR, multi criteria decision matrix, IWRM concept: reading of texts with different opinions – presentation and discussion in class
Assesment Method Final report (essay) related to water issues of current debate – possibly related P-01 or other case studies (100 %)
Recommended Reading

Allan T: 2003, IWRM/IWRAM: a new sanctioned discourse? Occasional papers 50 SOAS Water Issues Study Group, School of Oriental and African Studies / Kings College London. University of London, April 2003

Biswas, A.K. 2005. Integrated Water Resources Management: a reassessment. In A.K. Biswas, O. Varis, & C. Tortajada (Eds.) Integrated Water Resources Management in South and Southeast Asia . pp. 325-341. New Delhi : Oxford University Press

CapNet: IWRM tutorial: http://www.cap-net.org/iwrm_tutorial/mainmenu.htm

Cech, T.V. 2004, Principles of Water Resources: History, Development, Management, and Policy. John Wiley and Sons: New York

Grafton RQ, Hussey K, 2011, Water Resources Planning and Management. Cambridge University Press.

GWP, 2000, Integrated Water Resources Management, TAC background paper No.4, GWP Stockholm

Loucks DP, van Beek E, 2005.Water Resources Systems Planning and Management – An Introduction to Methods, Models and Applications. UNESCO publishing

UNESCO 2014. World Water Development Reports

Version 20.11.2015

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