11647 - Freshwater Conservation and Water Resource Management Modulübersicht

Module Number: 11647
Module Title:Freshwater Conservation and Water Resource Management
  Gewässerschutz und Gewässerbewirtschaftung
Department: Faculty 2 - Environment and Natural Sciences
Responsible Staff Member:
  • Prof. Dr. rer. nat. habil. Martin-Creuzburg, Dominik
Language of Teaching / Examination:English
Duration:1 semester
Frequency of Offer: Every winter semester
Credits: 6
Learning Outcome:The module will provide the base for sustainable freshwater resource management. Understanding shall be achieved of the comprehensive water cycle with its abiotic and biotic processes, basics of hydrology and freshwater conservation, terms and methods related to water balance and the components of the water cycle, hydrological and ecological processes and their interaction relevant to water quantity and quality.

Students will know main impacts to the freshwater resources and understand their relation to land use. The interaction of impacts with ecological processes and their consequences on ecology and use of freshwaters (flood water storage, drinking water supply, recreation, nature conservation) will be understood. The options and methods of surface water diagnosis and of management and conservation will be understood. The European Water Framework Directive as the base for evaluation and management of freshwater resources will be known. Students will be able to evaluate the consequences of major impacts on ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services. Principal strategies for restoring impacted freshwater systems will be known.
Contents:Part Hydrology
Introduction to hydrology and water resources, definitions; hydrologic cycle; conservation equation; catchment; energy and water balance as a coupled system; water cycle as transport cycle, precipitation (types, measurement, areal analysis), water in the soil, soil water characteristics, infiltration, evapotranspiration, (processes, determination) runoff (controlling factors, measurement, interpretation of runoff data, hydrological regimes);Methods to estimate groundwater balance, present groundwater use and exploitation; vulnerability and activities to protect groundwater resources. Impacts to the water resources; water balances under human influence; pathways of main pollutants of ground and surface waters; concepts of an integrated description of water quantity and water quality at catchment scale.
Part Freshwater Conservation
Main water quality problems related to agriculture, forestry, urbanization and mining; eutrophication, acidification, salinization, siltation, contamination, effects of neobiota; civil engineering and degradation of streams and rivers; loss of ecosystem services in degraded freshwaters; expected impacts of climate change. Principles of sustainable water management; principles of lake diagnosis, elementary modelling of lake quality, quality assessment and evaluation as prerequisites for mitigation and restoration; EU Water Framework Directive; strategies to improve and restore impacted freshwaters, current status of restoration.
Recommended Prerequisites:Module 41102 Ecology
Mandatory Prerequisites:none
Forms of Teaching and Proportion:
  • Lecture / 3 Hours per Week per Semester
  • Exercise / 1 Hours per Week per Semester
  • Self organised studies / 120 Hours
Teaching Materials and Literature:All material will be provided (mostly via Moodle) during the semester:
  • Lecture notes, short learning clips and reading material,
  • Recommended literature,
  • Catalogue of questions and short self-tests in Moodle to support self-organized work and self-testing of learning success.
Module Examination:Continuous Assessment (MCA)
Assessment Mode for Module Examination:Written examination (80 minutes), with the two parts Hydrology and Water Resource Management and  Freshwater Conservation in the first examination period. The exam will contribute 80% to the module grade. Exercises and homework will contribute 20% to the module grade (10% in Hydrology and Water Resource Management and 10% in Freshwater Conservation).

Evaluation of Module Examination:Performance Verification – graded
Limited Number of Participants:None
Part of the Study Programme:
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Environmental and Resource Management / keine PO
  • Bachelor (research-oriented) / Environmental and Resource Management / PO 2015
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Euro Hydroinformatics and Water Management / keine PO
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Umweltingenieurwesen / keine PO
  • Abschluss im Ausland / Verfahrenstechnik / keine PO
Module Components:in winter semester:
  • 240509 LE/EX Freshwater Conservation
  • 240613 LE/EX Hydrology and Water Resource Management
Components to be offered in the Current Semester: