Online Course on Water Resources for Food Security

This course deals with aspects of water resources analysis and assessment (both surface water and groundwater) with a particular focus on water for agricultural use. 

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For whom?

Early or mid-career professionals working in the field of water resources engineering/ management, hydrology, agricultural engineering, irrigation engineering/ management or closely related field with an interest to expand knowledge on water resources assessment and agricultural water demand.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 14 October 2019
End: 31 January 2020
ECTS credit points: 5
Deadline IHE application: 30 September 2019 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 1035

Start: 07 September 2020
End: 15 January 2021
Deadline IHE application: 05 September 2020 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 1035

VAT is not included in the course fee

Course content

Topics of the course include:

  • Global hydrological cycle: Hydrological cycle, water fluxes and storages, global water resources.
  • Surface water resources in a river basin: a) Hydrological data analysis (precipitation, discharge), b) evapotranspiration, crop water demand, c) catchment water balance, flow through open-channels.
  • Groundwater resources assessment: Aquifer and parameters, groundwater movement, groundwater balance.
  • Groundwater flow analysis: steady-state groundwater flow in acquires and groundwater flow to pumping wells.
  • Groundwater resources development: assessment of groundwater resources availability and formulation of plans for sustainable development.


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