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School of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine
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AVP5073917, A.A. 2019/20

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

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
AV2293, Degree course structure A.Y. 2016/17, A.Y. 2019/20
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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
E-Learning website
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

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

Type of hours Credits Teaching
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 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2016 course timetable

Examination board
Board From To Members of the board
3 Commissione a.a. 2019/20 01/12/2019 30/11/2020 TAROLLI PAOLO (Presidente)
BORGA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)
2  Commissione a.a. 2018/19 01/12/2018 30/11/2019 TAROLLI PAOLO (Presidente)
BORGA MARCO (Membro Effettivo)

Prerequisites: Students are supposed to have a basic knowledge of math, physics, trigonometry, topography and GIS
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. lowlands in land reclamation areas, hilly agricultural contexts such as agricultural terraces). Then the students will analyze the ponding situation and soil erosion by water, exploring mitigation solutions. The course also offers an introduction to some of the novelties related to remote sensing technologies for the monitoring of the 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. The capability of the candidate to solve numerical exercises and provide the right answers to the multiple questions.
2. The capability of the candidate to discuss and present a real case study, raising problems, and highlighting likely solutions to mitigate a critical issue.
1. <Introduction>
- Human-Landscape interaction in the "Anthropocene"
- Socio-economic development & land degradation
- Case studies
- Roundtable Discussion
2. <Water management in lowlands>
- Lowlands in the world, in the EU, in Italy: challenges, criticalities, future perspectives
- Water management in land reclamation consortia ("Consorzio di Bonifica")
- Case study of the Netherlands
- Case study of Veneto
- Roundtable Discussion
3. <Principles of hydraulics>
- Physical properties of fluids
- Pressure, forces on submerged surfaces
- Open channel flow
- Measurement instruments
- Case study
- Roundtable Discussion
4. <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
- Case study
- Roundtable Discussion
5. <Soil erosion>
- Types of soil erosion
- Impact of soil erosion by water in Europe and in the World
- Soil erosion analysis and modelling
- Case study
- Roundtable Discussion
6. <Remote sensing technologies>
- Airborne & Terrestrial Laser Scanners
- Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (Drones) topographic survey
- Structure from Motion (SfM) photogrammetric technique
- Case study
- Roundtable Discussion
7. <Soil and Water resources management>
- Land-use change effects on physical processes in the lowlands (rainfall-runoff analysis, ponding scenario analysis)
- Water resources management in land reclamation areas (saltwater intrusion monitoring and alert scenarios)
- Mitigation and control of land degradation in hilly landscapes (agricultural terraces, surface-water drainage systems)
- Case study
- Roundtable Discussion

Lab.1 <Digital Terrain Analysis of lowlands>
- Digital Elevation Model (derived by laser scanner) of urbanized floodplains
- Digital terrain analysis: slope calculation, channel levees mapping
- Digital terrain analysis: curvature calculation, drainage ditches mapping
- Ponding (potential water depth on the surfaces) calculation and mapping
Lab.2 <Soil erosion>
- Soil erosion mapping and analysis in EU and Italy (using RUSLE)
Lab.3 <Drainage systems in high steep cultivated slopes>
- Drainage system analysis in terraced landscapes
- Drainage system analysis along agricultural roads
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures & seminars: 24 hours
Exercises & practical case studies discussion: 8 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)

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Laboratory
  • Problem based learning
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Action learning
  • Story telling
  • Problem solving
  • Concept maps
  • Work-integrated learning
  • Active quizzes for Concept Verification Tests and class discussions
  • Use of online videos
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

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

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Zero Hunger Good Health and Well-Being Quality Education Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure Sustainable Cities and Communities Responsible Consumption and Production Climate Action Life on Land