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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7078919, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2018/19
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Degree course track FOREST AND LAND MANAGEMENT [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 11.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination FOREST HYDROLOGY AND EROSION CONTROL
Website of the academic structure
Department of reference Department of Land, Environment, Agriculture and Forestry
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 MARCO BORGA AGR/08
Other lecturers VINCENZO D'AGOSTINO AGR/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/08 Agrarian Hydraulics and Hydraulic Forest Management 11.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 5.0 40 85.0 No turn
Lecture 6.0 48 102.0 No turn

Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
1 Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 BORGA MARCO (Presidente)
D'AGOSTINO VINCENZO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Basics on Mathematics and Physics
Target skills and knowledge: TThis course is about learning both the concepts and physical principles of water and sediment flow in forested landscapes as well as the techniques that can be implemented to control erosion problems in hilly and mountain catchments. More specifically, this course will provide an overview of physical hydrology and geomorphology of forested watersheds with an emphasis on managing forest resources and the effects of forest management activities on runoff generation, erosion processes and sediment production/transfer. Students will learn i) how land use may affect hydrologic partitioning, runoff generation and sediment dynamics ii) how to plan the measures to control slopes stability, torrential processes and sediment dynamics along the drainage network. The available criteria will be presented under a forest engineering perspective with more emphasis on soil reinforcement with vegetation and river morphology restoration through replication of natural river morphology. The learning process will be based on use of real-world case studies and field excursions.
Examination methods: Presentations on discussion topics
Written report
Written examination
Assessment criteria: Presentations on discussion topics (1/3)
Written report (1/3)
Written examination (1/3)
Course unit contents: Held by prof. Marco Borga: part A
1 ECTS: Hydrologic systems. Hydrologic systems and the conservation equations. Climate and hydrologic cycle at the global scale. Energy budget and distribution over the globe as drivers of the hydro-meteorological variability. Climate and vegetation. Water balance and the drainage watershed.
1 ECTS: Watershed geomorphology: river network and its spatial organization; erosive forms of the landscape; use of GIS in hydrology.
1 ECTS Main hydrologic processes. Precipitation and rainfall kinetic energy; Discharge; Evaporation and transpiration; Precipitation and vegetation. Role of vegetation in the hydrological cycle. Forest resources management and their effects on the hydrologic cycle.
1 ECTS: Water in soils and runoff generation. Water in soils, infiltration and redistribution. Hydraulic properties of soils and water conditions in natural soils. Pore pressure. Infiltration: measurements and quantitative modelling. Runoff generation. Land use change and its impact on flood formation.
1 ECTS Runoff propagation and basic hydraulics. Principles of hydraulics: hillslope and channel flow. Sediment transport. Flood modelling.
1 ECTS Flood hazard and risk. Hydrologic statistics. Flood risk management.

Held by prof. Vincenzo D’Agostino: part B
1 ECTS Sediment sources: sheet and rill erosion. The Universal Soil Loss Equation: USLE, use and applications. Gully erosion.
1 ECTS Sediment in the hydrologic cycle. Sediment sources. Erosion mechanisms and their linkages with catchment morphology and environmental conditions. Hillslope stability and shallow landslides: landslide classification. Infinite slope analysis and the role of vegetation on hillslope stability.
1 ECTS – Channel erosion and sediment transport. Incipient motion of sediments. Sediment transport capacity. Lane’s balance.
1 ECTS - Erosion control on hilly and mountain slopes: drainages and soil bioengineering techniques, root contribution, use of geo-textiles, bench terraces.
1 ECTS – Sustainable erosion control and bed stabilization in rivers and mountain streams.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: The course uses four learning processes:
frontal lectures (52 h);
common exercitations (20 h);
presentations (8 h);
field activity (8 h).
Additional notes about suggested reading: Indications on the teacher office hours and the learning material will be reported on the course web site at : (Moodle Platform of the School)
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Refernce book: DINGMAN S. L., Physical Hydrology. New Jersey: Prentice - Hall Inc., 2002.
  • EAGLESON P.S., Ecohydrology – Darwinian Expression of Vegetation Form and Function. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
  • Reference Book: Morgan R.P.C., Soil Erosion and Conservation (third edition). Oxford (UK): Blackwell, 2005.
  • Darby S. E., Simon A.(eds.), Incised river channels: processes, forms engineering and management. Chichester (UK).: Wiley, 1999.
  • Morgan R.P.C, Rickson R.J.(eds.) (1995):, Slope stabilization and erosion control: a bioengineering approach. London (UK).: E & FN Spon,, 1995.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Case study
  • Working in group
  • Concept maps

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Clean Water and Sanitation Sustainable Cities and Communities Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action