After the completion of the course, the student should be able to:
Describe the main processes through which human systems impact water systems, and vice versa
Discuss the analytical frameworks dealing with the interplay between hydrology and society
Explain the dynamics emerging from the interactions and feedback mechanisms between hydrological and social processes that are relevant for a sustainable management of water resources.
History of water management: from hydraulic works to integrated water resources management (IWRM). Alteration of hydrological regimes caused by land-use changes and urbanisation. Policies and activities (channels, dams and reservoirs) implemented by societies to cope with water availability and water demand. Societal response to hydrological changes, water governance, and impact of hydrological extremes. The role of culture, technology, economy and climate in shaping the dynamic interplay between hydrology and society. Interdisciplinary frameworks dealing with the interactions and feedbacks between water and human systems: from social-ecological systems to socio-hydrology.
Lectures, seminars and exercises.
Participation in seminars (1 credit), written and oral presentations (1 credit), and a written exam (3 credits).