Watershed Management – SEA


IWRM W4160 Watershed Management – SEA
Exam Code 4160
Credit Points 5 ECTS
Term Summer
Module Coordination Prof. Lars Ribbe
Lecturers Prof. Lars Ribbe, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tung Hoa, Dr. Do Hoai Nam, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Thanh Hung
Workload (h) 45 Attendance 105 Self-Study
Prerequisites None
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 Basic concepts of IRBM /watershed management

  • The watershed inventory:
  • Watershed as a system, nested concepts (e: delineate the boundary)
  • Description of climate+water cycle, water availability and quality over space and time (e: calculate water budget; analyse water quality over space and time)
  • Topography, soils and land uses (e: apply different types of landscape zonations)
  • Socioconomic issues
  • Economic activities which depend on water (agriculture, domestic and industrial water supply, hydropower etc.) (e: calculate value of water)
  • Governance structures (e: stakeholder analysis)
  • Ecological aspects related to water resources (wetlands, riparian zones, lakes, coastal areas, protection areas etc.) (e: 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 (transboundary) : Methods for basin risk assessment, water conflict analysis. Problems in transboundary basins. Defining and comparing development targets for riverbasins. (quality, ecological flows, allocation, protection ….)
  • River basin management tools, modelling and scenario development, DSS, watershed monitoring and information systems. Multi Criteria decision making, policy analysis, …
  • River basin development and planning / Basin governance (RBOs,); … Integrated planning approaches, river basin management plans, participation, awareness, capacity development etc.

Selected case studies and examples of implementation: Eco-hydrology and river water quality (processes and management) / restoration

Teaching Method Input lectures, Self-study, group discussions, presentations to class, Exercises: basin inventory, transboundary problem analysis, basin modeling, river basin planning
Assesment Method River Basin inventory (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

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