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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP5073917, A.A. 2017/18

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2016/17

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2293, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Agronomy, Food, Natural Resources, Animals and the Environment
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge PAOLO TAROLLI AGR/08

Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge Degree course code

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines AGR/08 Agrarian Hydraulics and Hydraulic Forest Management 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period Second semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 1.0 8 17.0 No turn
Laboratory 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 3.0 24 51.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1  Commissione a.a. 2017/18 01/12/2017 30/11/2018 TAROLLI PAOLO (Presidente)
BORGA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Students are supposed to have a basic knowledge of math, physics, trigonometry, and topography.
Target skills and knowledge: The students will learn how to appropriately apply principles of hydraulics and hydrology to manage the critical issues related to water resources in anthropogenic landscapes (e.g. land reclamation areas, hilly agricultural contexts such as agricultural terraces). Then the students will analyze the soil erosion by water and mitigation solutions. The course also offers an introduction to some of the novelties related to remote sensing technologies for the monitoring of Earth surface, and it offers advanced applications of environmental data spatial analyses through GIS.
Examination methods: The final exam consists in two section:
1. numerical exercises and multiple questions.
2. discussion of a case study through a technical report.
Assessment criteria: The evaluation of the exam is based on:
1. Capability of the candidate to solve numerical exercises and provide the right answers to the multiple questions.
2. Capability of the candidate to discuss and present a real case study, raising problems, and highlighting likely solutions to mitigate a critical issue.
Course unit contents: LECTURES
1. <Introduction>
- Human-Landscape interaction in the "Anthropocene"
- Discussion
2. <Principles of hydraulics>
- Properties of fluids
- Pressure, forces on submerged surfaces
- Continuity, energy and momentum equations and their applications
- Kinematic of fluids, types of flows: open channel flow and flow under pressure
- Measurement instruments
3. <Principles of hydrology>
- Water cycle and rainfall analysis
- Soil hydraulic properties
- Infiltration (Green-Ampt model)
- Surface and sub-surface water flow processes
- Measurement instruments and hydrometeorological networks
4. <Soil erosion>
- Types of soil erosion
- Impact of soil erosion by water
- Soil erosion analysis and modelling
5. <Remote rensing technologies>
- Airborne and Terrestrial Laser Scanners, Structure from Motion (SfM) photogrammetric technique
- Digital terrain analysis of different agricultural landscapes
6. <Soil and Water resources management>
- Mitigation and control of land degradation (agricultural terraces, surface-water drainage systems)
- Land-use change effects on runoff processes
- Water resources management in land reclamation areas

Lab.1 <Digital Terrain Analysis>
- Digital Elevation Model - DEM
- topographic attributes
- surface water flow directions analysis
Lab.2 <Soil erosion>
- soil erosion mapping and analysis
Lab.3 <Drainage systems>
- drainage system analysis in terraced landscapes
- drainage system analysis along agricultural roads
- drainage system analysis in agricultural floodplains
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures and seminars: 32 hours
GIS lab: 16 hours
Additional notes about suggested reading: - Power Point lectures
- scientific papers
- technical reports, web information
- seminars provided during the course
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)