Water and society

The course describes the main processes through which human systems impact water systems, and vice versa. Moreover, the dynamics emerging from the interactions and feedback mechanisms between hydrological and social processes that are relevant for a sustainable management of water resources will be investigated within the course.

Hydrological processes

The purpose of the course is to give the student an advanced understanding of fundamental hydrological
principles. For this reason, in the course the main principles of the processes leading to runoff generation, including flood routing and hydrograph propagation are described. Moreover, the principles of energy balance at the earth’s surface, as a driver of the hydrological cycle , and the theoretical concepts on the flow of water in porous are investigated.

Groundwater and surface water modelling

The course describes the application of different types of models in hydrology, including model calibration, validation and uncertainty. Moreover, the course focuses on the  use of hydrological models for flood forecasting, water resources assessment, impact assessment of climate change and land-use change. Hydrological models are evaluated with respect to their applications on gauged and ungauged basins and on stationary/non-stationary climatic conditions