Transboundary Water Allocation Under Global Change

Vortragende/r (Mitwirkende/r)
Umfang2 SWS
SemesterWintersemester 2023/24
Stellung in StudienplänenSiehe TUMonline
TermineSiehe TUMonline



After the completion of the module, the students are able to: • remember and understand the background, processes and approaches of water allocation in a transboundary context • master the calculation methods of water availability, water use and demand • understand the effects of water management infrastructure and water quality conditions on allocable water • apply WEAP models to implement different water allocation schemes • analyze the impacts of global change scenarios on water allocation • assess and optimize the effects of different water allocation scenarios on agricultural, energy, industrial and domestic sectors


The following contents will be covered in the module: • Introduction to knowledge base for water allocation (drivers, roles, definition, objectives, key processes, approaches, limitations) in a transboundary context • Presenting and discussing on multiple case studies by groups • Introduction to water availability and variability and their calculation methods • Introduction to water use and demand and their calculation methods • Introduction to reservoir management with financial analysis • Introduction to water quality and ecosystem degradation • Introduction to water allocation implementation by determining priority • Introduction to creating scenarios including climate change & social-economic development Integrated exercises: • Model graphic user interface (GUI) introduction to WEAP • Modelling case of one-hour WEAP Tutorial • Modelling case of refining water availability under climate change scenarios • Modelling case of refining water demand under social-economic growth scenarios • Modelling case of reservoirs and power production with financial analysis • Modelling case of water quality and ecosystem degradation

Inhaltliche Voraussetzungen

• 0000001870 Integrated Water Resources Management

Lehr- und Lernmethoden

The module consists of lectures with integrated exercises. The knowledge base of water allocation in a transboundary context (drivers, roles, definition, objectives, key processes, approaches, limitations) is introduced by presentations. Multiple real-world cases of water allocation are presented and discussed in groups. Model graphic user interface (GUI) of the water allocation software (Water Evaluation and Planning System, WEAP) is presented by demonstrating their functions with a brief tutorial for a case study. The fundamental knowledge and modelling approaches for water supply, water demand, reservoir management, and water quality are presented and practiced with 4 integrated exercises. Model result visualisation and formatting are demonstrated. Global change scenarios will be introduced and demonstrated based on the exercises. Different water allocation plans are proposed, discussed, and presented by the students.

Studien-, Prüfungsleistung

The exam consists of a project report submitted by a group of students (up to 3, 80% of the grade, 30 pages) and its oral presentation (20% of the grade, individual group member evaluation, 60 minutes). The students demonstrate their ability to model the issues water allocation can address, evaluate the challenges that climate change and socio-economic development bring, and propose the water allocation solution for optimising the benefits of different sectors. In the project report, it should be possible to identify the specific contribution of each group member clearly. The final grade depends on the quality of the report and its presentation.

Empfohlene Literatur

- United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Handbook on Water Allocation in a Transboundary Context. United Nations Publications, 2022. - Loucks D P, Van Beek E. Water resource systems planning and management: An introduction to methods, models, and applications. Springer, 2017.