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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
Course unit
AVP7078920, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2018/19

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2091, Degree course structure A.Y. 2017/18, A.Y. 2019/20
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Degree course track FOREST AND LAND MANAGEMENT [001LE]
Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
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 LORENZO PICCO AGR/08

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses AGR/08 Agrarian Hydraulics and Hydraulic Forest Management 6.0

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Practice 2.0 16 34.0 No turn
Lecture 4.0 32 68.0 No turn

Start of activities 30/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2017 course timetable

Prerequisites: Basics on forest hydrology, hydraulics, ArcGIS, and botany
Target skills and knowledge: The goals of the course are related to the comprehension of the characteristics, processes, functioning, and factors characterizing a watercourse as to be able to better manage it and to define river restoration projects.
The preparation of this course will be fundamental to permit an integrated valorization of the fluvial system, as to facilitate its sustainable management.
Specific aims will be related to:
1) Understanding the morphological characteristics of a river basin;
2) Characterizing the morphological unit of a mountain stream and a river, following its own development and morphodynamic;
3) Analyzing and quantifying the sediment dynamics along a watercourse (erosion, transport, deposition);
4) Detecting characteristics, role, dynamics, and management of the riparian vegetation, fluvial islands, and fluvial wood;
5) Understanding the impact (direct and indirect) oh the human pressure on the watercourses;
6) Defining river restoration activity.

The theory will be corroborated by the exemplification of study cases, video, and imagines; an active participation of the students will be required, particularly during the field and laboratory activities, in which their interdisciplinary capacity will be an asset.
Examination methods: Oral exam
Assessment criteria: Assessment criteria:

- Oral exam (90%): general knowledge of the topics, capacity to critically present and discuss more specific aspects, relating them also to interdisciplinary topics, and or related to personal or previous experience (i.e. field visits);
- Group oral presentation in the field (10%): during the field visits field measurements will be carried out in small groups, firstly in the field, subsequently a presentation will be prepared and finally presented to the class.
Course unit contents: Course unit contents:

- Channel network ;
- Basin scale;
- Reach scale;
- Unit scale;
- Fluvial forms;
- Channel morphology;
- Morphology and morphodynamics;
- Riparian vegetation;
- Fluvial islands;
- In-channel wood;
- Aquatic and riparian communities;
- Sediment dynamics;
- Connectivity;
- Human pressure;
- River restoration.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Planned learning activities and teaching methods:

Lessons in the classroom (16), field activities with small groups work and related presentation of the results obtained (24 hours), laboratory activities with exercises (8 hours).
Additional notes about suggested reading: Additional notes about suggested reading:

Slides presented within the course will be available.

Specific scientific references will be available for each lesson.

Useful books as integration are:

- Rivers in the Landscape - Science and Management, ISBN: 1118414896, Author: Wohl(John Wiley)

- Stream and Watershed Restoration - A Guide to Restoring Riverine Processes and Habitats, ISBN: 1405199563, Author: Roni (John Wiley);

- Mountain Rivers Revisited, ISBN: 0875903231, Author: Wohl (John Wiley)

Attendance is not mandatory but encouraged.
Students will be received every day after e-mail agreement.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)