Second cycle degree in SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE

Campus: LEGNARO (PD)

Language: English

Teaching period: Second Semester


Number of ECTS credits allocated: 6

Prerequisites: Students are supposed to have a basic knowledge of math, physics, trigonometry, and topography.
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.
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