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Course unit
INL1001294, A.A. 2017/18

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

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
IN1825, Degree course structure A.Y. 2010/11, A.Y. 2017/18
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Degree course track Common track
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination WATER RESOURCES MANAGEMENT
Department of reference Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
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 GIANLUCA BOTTER ICAR/02

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

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses ICAR/02 Maritime Hydraulic Construction and Hydrology 6.0

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

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 02/10/2017
End of activities 19/01/2018

Prerequisites: Basic principles of hydrology (hydrologic response, Darcy's law), basic concepts of statistics and mathematics.
Target skills and knowledge: Description and modeling of hydrological processes driving the soil water balance and water resources in rivers. Characterization of streamflows, in relation to management issues. The major learning objectives are: i) stochastic description and modeling pf rainfall and soil moisture; ii) understanding of the dynamics of streamflows, in relation to the atmospheric and hydrologic driving processes; iii) water resurces management issues: reservoir exploitation for irrigation and hydrpopower.
Examination methods: Oral exam, and discussion of the homeworks
Assessment criteria: 1. Knowledge of the specific technical contents of the course
2. Completeness and originality of the homework reports, ability to critically defend and discuss the reports
3. Exposition ability - personal reinterpretation and elaboration of the course topics
4. Ability of creating links among the different parts/topics of the course
Course unit contents: 1. Water resources and the hydrologic cycle: recalling basic concepts from probability and hydrology – 2. Modelling and forecasting of rainfall processes: i) Zero-dimensional rainfall models: poissoninan models; Cluster models (Bartlett Lewis, Neymann-Scott); ii) Rainfall forecasting (outline): global circulation models, limited area models, downscaling, meteorologic forecasting and flood protection – 3. Soil moisture dynamics: i) soil moisture dynamics and runoff production; ii) stochastic modelling of soil moisture; iii) soil moisture and plant nutrition – 4. Streamflow characteristics: i) floods and droughts; ii) continuous models of the hydrologic response; iii) stochastic analysis of streamflows series (duration curves, distributions of extremes) – 5. Water resources management models: i) reservoirs: floods mitigation, industrial and agricultural supply; ii) Reservoirs regulation; iii) run-of-river power plants; 6. Irrigation systems and schemes.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Teaching:
frontal teaching with power point slides

personal study and homeworks (stochastic modeling of rainfall, stream flows and reservoir regulation, run of river power plant optimization; written reports to be discussed during the exam required)
Additional notes about suggested reading: All the contents of the course are provided in the power point slides shown during the classes, which are provided in Moodle for the download to the students.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • G Botter, Power Point Slides of the course "Water Resources Management". --: --, 2010. Available on line
  • M. Marani, Processi e Modelli dell'idrometeorologia. PAdova: dip. IMAGE, Università di PAdova, 2003. Nozioni di idrologia utili per il corso Cerca nel catalogo
  • I. Rodriguez-Iturbe and A. Porporato, Eco-hydrology of water-controlled ecosystems. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge _University Press, 2004. Supplementary readings on evapotranspiration and soil moisture dynamics in presence of stoachastic rainfall