Credits: 5

Schedule: 11.04.2017 - 18.05.2017

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

V (spring term)

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course a student is able to...

  • analyse and assess how global water resources are distributed in relation to human population and how this has changed over time
  • recognise the connection between food production and use of water
  • analyse the water stress and water scarcity in various scales by using spatial datasets and estimate their impact on human society
  • apply GIS softwares (Matlab) on global water challenges
  • use different kind of spatial datasets as a part of scientific research
  • recognise the basics of visual scientific communication, and create informative maps and graphs

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Food security and the overall wellbeing of human kind are threatened by the overexploitation of our water and land resources. Water scarcity is not only a threat to people, but also to many of the planet's key ecosystems. But how have we ended up in this situation, and how does the future look like?

In this course, the aim is to investigate how the world has changed over time, and how these changes have impacted on our water and land resources. Moreover, as the pressure on natural resources is expected to only grow in the future, an overview on future pathways is given.

Within the course, a student will explore and assess these changes using various spatial analyses methods of Matlab, over different global datasets. Moreover, advanced graph and map making is practised with Adobe Illustrator.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Course consist of lectures, hands-on trainings and workshops. Students do each week individual home assignment, which will be collected to a project work at the end of the course. In both, main emphasis is on illustrations and graphics.

Grading: active participation in lecture-training sessions (1/5), home assignments (2/5), individual project work (2/5)

Note: lecture-training sessions are compulsory and student need to attend to minimum five out of six of them, in order to pass the course.

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Contact teaching (lecture-training sessions): 24h (6x4h)
Pre-assignment, orientation to lectures: 24h (6x4h)
Home assignments: 30h (6x5h)
Project work: 55h
TOTAL 133h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Will be given during the course

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Yhd-12.3140 Water and People in a Changing World.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Enrollment closes 2 weeks prior the course starts. Within the enrollment you are asked to write short motivation letter; this will be used to student selection if needed.

Note: Max 20 students can attend to the course; priority is given to Water and Environmental Engineering MSc programme students.