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COURSES

Integration of all aspects of flood risk is the cornerstone of the FLOODRisk master. The first semester (in Germany) offers a basic grounding to all students. This is followed by a semester at IHE Delft introducing the hydroinformatics and modelling components and a semester in Spain and Slovenia following more specialised modules. The final semester is given over to a research thesis.
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Semester 1

TU Dresden, Germany

Year 1: SEPTEMBER - FEBRUARY

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Semester 2

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands

Year 1: MARCH - JULY

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Semester 3a

Technical University of Catalonia, Spain

Year 2 September - November

Sem3
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Semester 3b

University of Ljubljana Slovenia

Year 2: DECEMBER - FEBRUARY

Semester 4

Thesis project

Year 2: MARCH - AUGUST

Example topics given from 2015

1. Designing a flood-resilient city to deal with extreme rainfall (IHE Delft and Municipality of Dordrecht)

2. ANN Models in the Predictive Control of Reservoir Systems (IHE Delft and Deltares)

3. Analyses of trends and changing patterns of global precipitation based on chosen public domain data sets

(TU Dresden)

4. Flood risk assessment and modelling uncertainty relations using data-driven models

(TU of Catalonia and TNC Colombia)

5. Flood impacts on property values and proposal of measures to enhance flood safety

(University of Ljubljana)

6. From vision to reality: making cities flood resilient by implementing green infrastructure strategies (the case of the City of Hoboken, New Jersey)

(IHE Delft and Royal Haskoning DHV)

Note: Students undertake a research project in association with one of the four universities and possibly external partners

Learning objectives

The learning objectives (acquisition of knowledge) for the students include:
  • a broad and cross-boundary scientific knowledge on flood risk management;

  • a comprehensive knowledge base and understanding of the current theory and practice relating to flooding and flood management;

  • the fundamental knowledge leading to the understanding of socio-economic issue related to flooding;

  • a broad scientific knowledge about conservation, restoration and management measures to overcome challenges imposed on water by humans and by climate change, and;

  • an extended knowledge on a basin-wide approach to flood risk management.

The acquired competencies (application of knowledge) include the ability to:
  • analyse the reciprocal relationships between the physical system, the institutional framework and the socio-economic environment, identifying future social and climatic pressures and needs and the consequent trends in system management;

  • apply specific practical skills, such as identifying the major physical processes in a given river basin or coastal zone and their interaction with the associated assets and receptors;

  • identify the links between all issues related to flooding in order to apply an integrated approach using the best tools to support decision making for the sustainable management of floods;

  • review scientific literature and carry out independent research (such as writing a state of the art paper based on research and practice literature);

  • apply sophisticated hydroinformatics and modelling tools and best practices to address the problems of flood risk management;

  • occupy an independent and responsible position as a flood risk professional;

  • communicate his/her knowledge and research results to the scientific and non-scientific communities (such as presenting papers/posters to scientific congresses, general lectures to policy makers and interested non-specialists);

  • acquire independently further knowledge and techniques, and

  • operate in a team.

Programme Handbook

Please find the Programme Handbook here.

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