Hydrology and Water Management
Course code
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Course title in Estonian
Hüdroloogia ja veemajanduse alused
Course title in English
Hydrology and Water Management
ECTS credits
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lecturer of 2022/2023 Autumn semester
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lecturer of 2022/2023 Spring semester
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Course aims
The study course linking the basics of hydrology and water management with the purpose to open the background of water management as one of the most important economic sectors, to describe the tasks ahead and the related stakeholders, to give an overview of different fields of water management and related fields of hydrology; all this in generalized both on a global scale and in comparison with Estonia. The nature of water resources, the content of factors influencing their formation, consumption and management, and generalized principles for their application in water management plans will be analysed. The nature of more recent water management policies and the mechanisms for their implementation are introduced.
Brief description of the course
The content of the lectures consists of an introduction to water management, natural and anthropogenic factors influencing the formation and distribution of water resources. The general principles of monitoring and management of water resources, requirements for water arising from different water management branches and consumption methods are introduced. All of the foregoing relates to the relationships or methods of analysis that characterize the relevant water management environment or hydrology. An overview of the content and objectives of the principles of water policies, including the Water Framework Directive, “Rainbow”, “Nature based”, etc., and the means of implementing water policies will be provided
Learning outcomes in the course
Upon completing the course the student:
- recognizes the importance of water resources and water management as a key area of the economy;
- orients in hydrological data and corresponding information databases;
- is able to evaluate the dominant influencing factors of different water bodies and their interrelations through the respective assessment methods;
- knows different aspects of water management and is able to relate them to different hydrological processes and their analysis methods;
- knows the basics of water management and is able to integrate them with aspects of the aquatic environment;
- knows the basic policies related to modern water management, the content of the most important related documents and the ways of their implementation;
- is able to analyse cause-and-effect relationships in water management;
- is able to find materials related to a certain field of water management from various databases, generalize them, present them orally and discuss the relevant topic.
Elve Lode
The course is a prerequisite