Water en Planning

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2017/18
Vakcode GEWAPL
Vaknaam Water en Planning
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Nederlands
Periode semester I b
Rooster GEWAPL

Uitgebreide vaknaam Water en Planning
Leerdoelen 1. Identify and explain basic technical and hydrological aspects of water management, such as precipitation, evaporation, water flow, and water storage in the ground (sewerage as well as ground water) and in surface water, against the background of the potential impacts of climate change. (1I; 1K)

2. Quantify and calculate (changes in) these processes. (2A; 5B)

3. Explain the historical development of the Dutch water management sector, and, from this historical perspective, reflect on current developments in regional and urban water management, river management, coastal zone management and water quality/freshwater management in relation to spatial planning. (1B; 1C; 1D; 5C)

4. Define and explain key water and planning concepts (such as room for water, integrated water management, river basin approach, flood risk, multi-layered safety, control paradox, water quantity and water quality). (1B; 1H)

5. Identify and explain institutional characteristics of the Dutch water policy sector, such as (changes in) relevant regulation, the division of responsibilities, and key policy instruments. (1E; 1G)

6. Explain current issues and dilemmas regarding the integration of water management and spatial planning, in particular in the Netherlands, by giving examples of current water policy issues. (2B; 3A, 5A)

7. Design, present and discuss spatial design strategies for integrating water management and spatial planning and reducing flood risk in concrete water planning practices (1A; 2C; 2G; 3B; 3C; 4B; 4E; 4F; 5E)
Omschrijving Developments such as sea level rise, shifting precipitation patterns, diminished natural resilience following flooding and fresh water shortage have strengthened the connection between water management and spatial planning. Traditionally, water management was aimed at solely taking technical measures, such as building dikes, dams, and enlarging drainage capacities. The awareness of climate change and increasing flood risks, however, have led to the development of new, more spatial modes of flood protection. From an integrated perspective, and taking into account the complete water system and its specific characteristics, spatial planners now have to create more space for water and think about ways to ‘live with the water’ instead.
The aim of this course is twofold. First, to serve as a basis for spatial planning, important basic technical and hydrological aspects of water management will be explained, such as precipitation, evaporation, water flow, and water storage in the ground and in water courses. Students will learn how to quantify and calculate (the consequences of changes in) these processes. Second, this course explains both the substantive and the institutional dimension of the integration between water management and spatial planning at various spatial scales (from the local through to the international scale). Particular attention is given to the development of Dutch water management and current issues regarding the integration of water management and spatial planning in the Netherlands. In addition, institutional characteristics of the water policy sector will be explained, such as relevant regulation (e.g. the Water Act), policy instruments (e.g. Water Assessment) and the tasks and responsibilities of involved government authorities such as water boards, municipalities, provinces, ministries and the European Union.
In a group assignment, the technical and institutional dimension of the integration between water management and spatial planning come together. For a specific area in Groningen, students will have to map water strengths and weaknesses together with a spatial analysis of the area in question and, on the basis of this analysis, design possible spatial interventions.
Uren per week 8
Onderwijsvorm Guest lectures, Lectures, Practicals, Seminars
Toetsvorm Examination with multiple choice questions digital, Examination with open questions digital, Group assignments, Interim test with multiple choice questions digital, Interim test with open questions digital, Oral presentation
(Both the interim test and the final test will be a digital exam consisting of a combination of open questions and multiple choice/multiple answer questions.)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. M.A. van den Brink
Docent(en) ir. B.M. Boumans, MSc. , Guest lecturers ,dr.ir. C. van den Brink ,dr. M.A. van den Brink
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Human Geography & Urban & Regional Planning  (Optional courses Human Geography & Urban & Regional Planning) 3 semester I b keuze
BSc Spatial Planning and Design  (Basic programme BSc Spatial Planning and Design) 2 semester I b verplicht
Pre-MSc-programmes FSS  (Pre-MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning - Dutch Students) - semester I b verplicht