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Cursus: GEO4-4403
Managing future deltas
Cursus informatie
Studiepunten (ECTS)7,5
Categorie / NiveauM (Master)
CursustypeCursorisch onderwijs
Aangeboden doorFaculteit Geowetenschappen; Graduate School Geowetenschappen; M Earth Sciences;
Contactpersoondr. T.D. Price
prof. dr. H. Middelkoop
Overige cursussen docent
A. Oost
Overige cursussen docent
Contactpersoon van de cursus
dr. T.D. Price
Overige cursussen docent
3  (08-02-2016 t/m 24-04-2016)
TimeslotB: DI-ochtend, DO-middag, DO-namiddag


Cursusinschrijving geopendvanaf 02-11-2015 t/m 29-11-2015
Inschrijven via OSIRISJa
Inschrijven voor bijvakkersJa
Na-inschrijving geopendvanaf 18-01-2016 t/m 19-01-2016
PlaatsingsprocedureStudiepunt/Student desk
By the end of the course the student has:
  1. Developed a generic understanding of the physical, ecological, socio-economic, political and legal factors, processes and conditions that play a role in coastal zone and river management;
  2. learned about the interdisciplinary nature and context of coastal and fluvial problems;
  3. become familiar with the contribution that geoscientists can deliver to complex coastal zone and river management issues;
  4. become familiar with approaches, methodologies and tools for CZRM studies;
  5. knowledge of the role of decision makers, policymakers and stakeholders in developing and implementing coastal  zone and river management strategies and solutions;
  6. a solid grasp of the key threats and opportunities of the world’s deltas and the challenges for delta management.
  7. applied this knowledge in a realistic case study.
This course focuses on the integrated management of coastal and fluvial systems within the context of delta areas. Deltas are characterised by dynamic interactions between hydrodynamics, sedimentation, morphology, ecology and man. They support rich ecosystems, intense agriculture and many major cities and harbours are located in deltas. The management of deltas poses considerable challenges, and involves both fundamental knowledge of the physical and ecological processes involved as well as the understanding and negotiating among the different interests from the ‘users’ of these systems. Moreover, future climate change, sea-level rise and increasing societal demands further complicate a sustainable management of rivers and coasts. Emphasis is therefore on the key factors, philosophies and techniques of integrated management of delta areas, with a sharp focus on the every-day practices. The course includes classes, a group project, individual work and a field component.
Je moet een geldige toelatingsbeschikking hebben
General principles of coastal and river geomorphology. They have to appreciate the role of interdisciplinary science and the role of (applied) sciences in societal issues and coastal zone and river basin management problems and challenges. In-depth lectures concerning these subjects will not be given but relevant literature will be provided
Verplicht materiaal
Course manuals Coastal Zone and River Management
Reports of EIA studies

Class meetings will consist of lectures by UU scientists and invited speakers, student presentations and discussions, serious gaming, and exercises.

Voorbereiding bijeenkomsten
An important part of the self-study is to prepare for the next lecture by studying the recommended materials. These materials consist of books, scientific papers, websites, virtual games and documentaries. Furthermore, students are expected to study information concerning their own specific delta and to read hand-outs given during the course.

Bijdrage aan groepswerk
For much of the course every student will work in a team that will be assigned a delta area of their own. Furthermore, each student will collaborate with the students who cover the same themes in the other delta teams. This requires collaboration with the other students and participation throughout the course.

Excercises and Report writing

During the course, the teams will work towards a concise report on the key challenges, and flexible and robust adaptation measures in their delta area. Within each team, each student will be responsible for researching and reporting a specific theme covered in class, constituting a chapter of the team report.

Field trip

The field component will consist of a full day field trip to the Dutch southwest Delta area and a full-day field trip to the Sand Motor, demonstrating and covering themes related to several of the aspects covered in class.


Towards the end of the course, an integrated view of the different themes in the concerning deltas is to be presented by summarizing the most important challenges for the management of the delta up to 2100, and by discussing possible pathways for sustainable solutions.

Minimum cijfer-

The result for the course is determined by:
• Report – team effort: 35%
• Report – individual effort: 35%
• Group presentation Delta: 20%
• Abstract: 10%

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