Watershed Management


IWRM W4160 Watershed Management
Exam Code 4160
Credit Points 5 ECTS
Term Summer
Module Coordination Prof. Lars Ribbe
Lecturers Prof. Lars Ribbe; MSc Mohammad Khalifa, Dr Sudeh Dehnavi; MSc Santiago Penedo
Workload (h) 45 Attendance 105 Self-Study
Prerequisites Basics of Water Resources Management and Hydrology
Intended Learning Outcome

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

…assess river basins and their major problems regarding the quantitative and qualitative status of water and related resources and find management solutions from technical, economic or governance perspectives

…by applying a social-ecological system approach to basins as management units

…in order to support integrated river basin planning approaches

Content The Science of Watershed Processes:

  • revisiting basin hydrology / eco-hydrology / socio-hydrology
  • interactions of Climate-Land Use- Water Cycle-Water Uses
  • Spatio-temporal dynamics of elements of the water cycle

The Watershed Inventory (PC lab exercises):

  • Watershed as a system, nested concepts (exercise: delineate the boundary based on DEM data)
  • Description of climate+water cycle, water availability and quality over space and time (exercise: download satellite based P and ET data; calculate water budget; analyse water quality over space and time)
  • Topography, soils and land uses (exercise:download land cover data;  apply different types of landscape zonations)
  • Socioconomic issues
  • Economic activities which depend on water (agriculture, domestic and industrial water supply, hydropower etc.) (exercise : download data from aquastat etc; calculate value of water)
  • Governance structures (exercise: stakeholder mapping)
  • Ecological aspects related to water resources (wetlands, riparian zones, lakes, coastal areas, protection areas etc.) (exercise: Analysis of watershed functions and services related to quantity and quality of WR – MEA matrix. Spatial analysis and mapping of hydromorphology and river ecology)

Watershed Problem Analysis:

  • Methods for basin risk assessment, water security at basin level, water conflict analysis.
  • Defining and comparing development targets for riverbasins. (quality, ecological flows, allocation, protection ….)
  • Assessing transboundary basins.

River basin management tools:

  • modelling and scenario development,
  • Basin Information and decision support systems
  • the role of monitoring
  • Multi Criteria decision making, policy analysis, …

River basin development and planning:

  • Basin governance (RBOs,);
  • Focus on EU WFD: Integrated planning approaches, river basin management plans, participation, awareness, capacity development
  • Selected case studies and examples of implementation
Teaching Method Input lectures, Self-study, group discussions, Excursions; Exercises: basin inventory, transboundary problem analysis, basin modeling demonstrations, role play: watershed committee
Assesment Method Each student conducts a River Basin inventory on a basin of choice based on public domain data sources and applying the tools presented in the course (written report 100%)
Recommended Reading

Beheim E.; Rajwar G.S.; Haigh M.; Krecek J. 2010. Integrated Watershed Management. SpringerBrils J, Brack W, Müller-Grabherr D, Négrel P, Vermaat JE; 2014, Risk informed Management of European River Basin. Springer

Debarry, PA. 2004. Watersheds: Processes, Assessment and Management. Wiley

EPA 2006. Handbook for Developing Watershed Plans to Restore and Protect Our Waters. United States Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water, Nonpoint Source Control Branch, Washington, DC 20460

GWP-INBO, 2009 A Handbook for Integrated Water Resourcs Management in Basins

Heathcote IW. 2009. Integrated Watershed Management: Principles and Practice. Wiley. Second edition

Krecek J, Haigh MJ, Hofer T, Kubin E, 2012 Management of Mountain Watersheds, Springer (ebook)

Sene, K 2010 Hydrometeorology Forecasting and Applications, Springer (ebook)

UNESCO 2009 IWRM guidelines at River Basin Level

Version 20.11.2015

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