Water Resources and Ecosystem Health Track

Globally, ecosystems and the water resources they support are in perilous decline. Maintaining healthy ecosystems is the basis for delivering resources equitably and efficiently to support people’s health and well-being and is the basis for sustainability.


Environmental modelling; Water quantity and quality; Water resources assessment; Water resources allocation; Sustainability

What will I learn?

You will learn about the movement of water through the landscape and how to apply this knowledge to support sustainable management of river basins. 

You will study the basic concepts and interlinkages in the biosphere, the role of biodiversity, the hydrological cycle, their relationship with ecosystem health and how this underpins human health and wellbeing. Depending on the profile you choose, you will learn about measuring and monitoring, data analysis, GIS and remote sensing, simulation modelling, the value of open access data and software, river basin development and environmental management policy processes, and methods for planning and managing. Ultimately you will be able to apply your expertise to achieve sustainable Water Resources and Ecosystem Health in an interdisciplinary setting.

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Water doesn’t just come from a tap: healthy ecosystems provide the resources society needs to survive.
Graham Jewitt
Water Resources and Ecosystem Health track lead

About the track

Track set-up

Helped by your coach, you choose from four 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, Environment and Digital Innovation.

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 Resources and Ecosystem Health

This track common module introduces the thematic track on Water Resources and Ecosystem Health, before students dive deeper into the track-specific profiles. 

In this module students will learn to explain the importance, basic concepts and interlinkages of biodiversity, natural capital, ecosystem health and human health and capacity. They will further master skills on spatially characterizing and identifying stakeholders in a basin using open access data and software. In addition, this track introductory module aims to describe the interconnectedness and interdisciplinary nature of wicked issues in water resources management. Ultimately students will be able to reflect on the importance of linking their own discipline to the need of studying Water Resources and Ecosystem Health from an interdisciplinary perspective.

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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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