Integrated Water Resources Management

Vortragende/r (Mitwirkende/r)
Umfang4 SWS
SemesterWintersemester 2023/24
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Anmerkung: Software needed: EXCEL, MATLAB (educational license), HEC HMS (freeware) max. number of registered students: 100 students have to bring their own laptop for the exercises!


At the end of the module, students are able to: • understand the principles of integrated and sustainable water management, • understand different institutional roles in several countries, • apply linear and non-linear optimization tools, • analyse and evaluate water related decision problems, • differentiate between a range of river basin management tools and models • find optimal solutions in competition with different stakeholders


Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) • Theory and History • Blue-Green-Water-Concept, Virtual Water, ESS ESF • Organization, System scales • Implementation within politics’ environment • Recent and former examples Presentation and discussion of mesoscale watershed models used in IWRM context, including modelling with HEC HMS • Simulation of a real case scenario with a model of the Blue Nile River Basin in Ethiopia • Computation of irrigation demands • Surface water reservoir management • Groundwater calculations Presentation, discussion and calculation of Optimization Methods, including computation of exercises by hand and pocket calculator, with MS Excel and finally MATLAB (educational license). Selection of following methods: • Decision Support Systems (DSS) • La Grangian Multiplier • Iterative Gradient Methods • Hill-climbing Methods • Linearization Methods • Simplex-Algorithm • Dynamic Programming Training of additional skills needed for IWRM • Multi-Criteria Analysis including exercises • Sensitivity and Post-optimality analysis • Time series analysis Within this module additionally to the lecture students will work on a real case IWRM scenario, which simulates water scarcity within the Blue Nile Basin. They will represent a stakeholder with special interests on water quantity and quality aspects in Ethiopia, carry out a strategy, how to reach their goals and proof the results of the HEC HMS model. Within this project, students will learn, how to formulate and defend stakeholders’ arguments within a presentation and discussion with the other stakeholder-groups. At the end, they have to find a compromise and a way to implement a solution for all acceptable within the political system.

Inhaltliche Voraussetzungen

Grundmodul Hydrologie (=basic hydrological module) (recommended)

Lehr- und Lernmethoden

Lectures (Power-Point-Presentation, blackboard), Exercises (individual, small groups), assignments, homework, script

Studien-, Prüfungsleistung

The written exam consists of a theoretical part with short questions and a second part with calculations. For the theoretical part no further help is allowed. For the calculation part students can use a calculator (non progammable) and the equation and table collection connected to the course. The theoretical part contains 50 % and the calculation part 50 % of the total points. Written homework is mandatory.

Empfohlene Literatur

• Water Resources System Planning and Management (Daniel P. Loucks) • Global Water Partnership Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) Background paper on Integrated Water Resources Management • • Bonn 2011 Conference proceedings “The Water, Energy and Food Security Nexus, Solutions for the Green Economy” • United Nations World Water Assessment Programme