Water and Planning

Faculteit Ruimtelijke Wetenschappen
Jaar 2018/19
Vakcode GEWAPL
Vaknaam Water and Planning
Niveau(s) bachelor
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester I b
ECTS 10
Rooster GEWAPL

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 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. regional and urban 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 these 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. Design, present and discuss spatial design strategies for integrating water management and spatial planning and reducing flood risk in concrete water planning practices.
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 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 develop a climate-proof and robust water plan.
Uren per week 8
Onderwijsvorm Guest lectures, Lectures, Practicals, Seminars
Toetsvorm Examination with multiple choice questions, Examination with open questions, Group assignments, Interim test with multiple choice questions, Interim test with open questions, Oral presentation
(Both the interim test and the final test will be a digital exam consisting of a combination of multiple choice/multiple answer questions and several open questions.)
Vaksoort bachelor
Coördinator dr. M.A. van den Brink
Docent(en) ir. B.M. Boumans, MSc. , Guest lecturers ,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.
Entreevoorwaarden
Opmerkingen
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Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
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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 - Non-Dutch Speaking) - semester I b verplicht
Pre-MSc-programmes FSS  (Pre-MSc Environmental and Infrastructure Planning - Dutch Students) - semester I b verplicht