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Published a new course: Hydrology of catchments, rivers and deltas

Hydrology of catchments, rivers and deltas is a master course of Watermanagement and one of the Water Management Compulsory courses.


The course deals with the principles of hydrology of catchment areas, rivers and deltas.

course contents:

1. Hydrology and Water Resources: rainfall mechanisms, extreme rainfall, water resources, groundwater, surface water, water resources of catchments, rainfall-runoff relations for different temporal scales, water balances, water scarcity, green and blue water, human interference into the hydrological cycle;
2. Rainfall-Runoff relations: extreme discharge and floods;
3. Determination of peak discharge, factors affecting discharge characteristics, flow duration curve, flood frequency analysis, rainfall runoff relations, short duration peak runoff, catchment yield;
4. Flood propagation: reservoir routing, channel routing, Muskingum routing, Kinematic routing, relations between methods of routing and the St. Venant equation;
5. Hydrology of coastal areas: tides, storm surges, propagation of tides into estuaries, salt water intrusion into open estuaries, seepage of brackish ground water, hydraulic measures in coastal areas and estuaries, effect of dikes, fresh and salt water reservoirs, drainage;
6. Articles related to the topics described above. For the exam a selection of these articles needs to be studied.

The students will learn:

  • to understand the relations between hydrological processes in catchment areas
  • to understand and to calculate the propagation of flood waves
  • to understand hydrological processes in deltas
  • to draft frequency analysis of extremes under different climatological conditions.

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