Water Hazards, Risks and Climate Track

Climate change and related exceptional weather conditions are here to stay. Whether it concerns droughts, floods or any of the other climate extremes, the world urgently needs to adapt to ‘the new normal’.


Coastal engineering & management; Urban climate adaptation; Drought and flood risk assessment, engineering & management; Hydroinformatics - modelling and information systems for water management; Transnational and inter-basin water management

What will I learn?

There are three main components to this track: describing and quantifying spatiotemporal climate risks; developing fit-for-purpose adaptation pathways and associated measures and defining appropriate approaches in governance, engineering and information.

Depending on your interest, you might focus on cities, river basins, coastal or dryland areas, that all come with their own particular climate challenges. Depending which profile you choose, amongst a wide range of other topics, you will learn about water sensitive cities and sustainable urban drainage; climate adaptation politics, water conflicts and financing; drought and flood management; artificial intelligence and decisions support systems or about sea level rise and coastal adaptation in rapidly urbanizing deltas.

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Climate change dominates the headlines. To adapt, you need to understand the scale and the characteristics of those regions and people affected. Join us in this important task.
William Verbeek
Water Hazards, Risks and Climate Track lead

About the track

Track set-up

Helped by your coach, you choose from three disciplinary profiles, allowing you to focus on a specific aspect of the track or to mix and match (also across tracks), to give you a broader view of the topic. The profiles are: Engineering and Hydrology, Governance and Management and Digital Innovation and Hydroinformatics.

The six track modules (2-7) are interspersed with so-called mixed weeks, in which one or two days are reserved for exams, half a day for portfolio development and coaching, while the remaining days are dedicated to skills training.

Module 2 Introduction to Water Hazards, Risks and Climate

This module introduces the thematic track on Water Hazards, Risks and Climate before students dive deeper into the track-specific profiles. Students will learn how to describe and quantify global scale water- and climate risks, both flood and drought related; they will be able to explain the importance of seeking adaptation measures for natural hazards by addressing the exposure and vulnerability to it. Lastly, students will be able to spatially characterize and identify stakeholders in a basin using open access data and software. Possible assessments include literature overview of climate related studies for a given case study (urban, coastal, etc) and mapping assignments (for stakeholders or past flood or drought occurrences, etc).

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Interdisciplinary project and MSc thesis

By the end of April, upon conclusion of the track modules, you will continue your studies with the interdisciplinary project and the MSc thesis research. Read more about this at the programme's main page.


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