Water and Planning

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2022/23
Vakcode GEWAPL
Vaknaam Water and Planning
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
Rooster rooster.rug.nl

Uitgebreide vaknaam Water and 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.
2. Quantify and calculate (changes in) these processes.
3. Define and explain key water and planning concepts (such as room for water, integrated water resources management, river basin approach, flood risk, multi-layered safety, control paradox, European Water Framework Directive).
4. Explain the historical development of the Dutch water management sector, and, from this historical perspective, reflect on current developments in various water policy sectors, i.e. urban and rural water management, river management, coastal zone management and water quality/freshwater management in relation to spatial planning, from a national and international perspective.
5. By using Dutch water planning practice as a frame of reference and starting-point for applying knowledge in an international context, identify and explain institutional characteristics of water policy sectors, such as relevant rules and regulation, key policies, the division of responsibilities, and key policy instruments.
6. Explain current issues and dilemmas regarding the integration of water management and spatial planning, by giving examples of current water policy issues.
7. Analyse and reflect on how cities in both developing and developed countries are attempting to become water-robust and climate-resilient (e.g. in terms of the spatial measures and policy instruments developed, and the governance approach taken), taking into account their physical and socio-geographical characteristics. Based on this analysis, develop a water-robust policy advice for the urban development of a specific city.
Omschrijving Developments such as sea level rise, shifting precipitation patterns and continuous urbanization, resulting in fresh water shortages and an increasing number of damaging flood events, have diminished our natural resilience. To anticipate future climate risks, the connection between water management and spatial planning needs to be strengthened. 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 to the international scale), and within various water management domains (i.e. urban water management, coastal water management, river management etc.) Particular attention is thereby given to the development of Dutch water management and current issues regarding the integration of water management and spatial planning in The Netherlands. The Dutch situation thus serves as a frame of reference to study and discuss substantive and institutional developments in other countries (such as current policies, and the division of responsibilities between public and private parties etc.).

In a team assignment, on the basis of an analysis of both physical and socio-geographical aspects, students will have to write a water-robust policy advice for the urban development of a specific city. While doing so, they will also reflect on how and to what extent cities in both developed and developing countries are attempting to become water-robust and climate-proof.
Uren per week 8
Onderwijsvorm Guest lectures, Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials
Toetsvorm Examination with multiple choice questions digital, Examination with open questions digital, Group assignments, Oral presentation
(The digital exams will consist of a combination of multiple choice/multiple answer questions and several open essay questions.)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. M.A. van den Brink
Docent(en) ir. B.M. Boumans, MSc. , Guest lecturers ,dr. ir. J. Kempenaar ,Dr. G. Mallon , C. Theron, MSc. ,dr. M.A. van den Brink
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
The compulsory/exam literature for this course consists of a list of journal articles and book chapters, which will be published on Brightspace before the start of the course.
Opmerkingen Open for SPD and HGP students and pre-masters FSS. Not open for non-FSS students.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
BSc Human Geography & Planning  (Optional courses Human Geography & Planning) 3 semester I b keuze
BSc Spatial Planning and Design  (Basic programme BSc Spatial Planning and Design) 2 semester I b verplicht
Pre-master programmes FSS  (Pre-master Environmental and Infrastructure Planning) - semester I b verplicht