73255 - Water Resources Management M

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This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

Quality education Clean water and sanitation Affordable and clean energy Sustainable cities

Academic Year 2021/2022

Learning outcomes

To provide tools and scientific methods for the management of water resources; to analyze and study real case studies associated to water resources management.

Course contents

- Introduction to water resources management (2 hours)

- Review of key concepts in hydrology (2 hours) and statistics (4 hours), applicable in the context of water resources management

- Estimation of water resources availability:

  • Flow duration curves (3 hours) - excel exercise
  • Rainfall-runoff models (3 hours)
  • Stochastic models for the reproduction and synthetic generation of hydrological series (10 hours) - Matlab exercise

- Use of water resources:

  • Reservoir management: design and planning (10 hours) - excel exercise
  • Hydro-electric producibility and ecological flows (6 hours) - Matlab exercise

- Decisional models for optimal water resources management (8 hours)


Teaching material, including ppt, notes and scientific articles, and videos of each lesson are available on virtuale.unibo.it.

For further readings:

  • Water-Resources Engineering, 3/E David A. Chin - See more at: http://www.pearsonhighered.com/bookseller/product/WaterResources-Engineering/9780132833219.page#sthash.LZzll5yZ.dpuf Water-Resources Engineering, 3 edizione, by David Chin
  • Water Resources Engineering, by Larry A. Mays
  • Water Resources Systems Planning and Management: An Introduction to Methods, Models and Applications by Daniel P. Loucks and Eelco van Beek with contributions from Jery R. Stedinger, Jozef P.M. Dijkman, Monique T. Villars, freely available at: http://ecommons.cornell.edu/handle/1813/2798

Teaching methods

Theorical lessons (in presence/online) and computer-based exercises on key topics.


Lessons attendance is a key requisite to acquire a detailed knowledge. Students should attend all lectures or obtain the notes from their colleagues when absent.

Assessment methods

Achievements will be assessed by means of an oral final examination. This is based on an analytical assessment of the "expected learning outcomes" described above. The exam is composed 3 questions, related to the main parts of the course program (i.e., water resources availability, use of water resources, decisional models).

To obtain a passing grade, students must demonstrate a knowledge of the key concepts of the subject and a comprehensible use of technical language.

Higher grades will be awarded to students who demonstrate an organic understanding of the subject and a good ability for critical application.

Students must also demonstrate their ability to understand and summarise key concepts from scientific research articles concerning water resources management.

Failing grade will be awarded if the student shows knowledge gaps in key-concepts and logic failures in the analysis of the subject.


Teaching tools

Use of powerpoint and blackboard/tablet. Powerpoint presentations are available on virtuale.unibo.it. Videos of the lessons will be available on virtuale.unibo.it.

Office hours

See the website of Serena Ceola