The specializations within this programme explore natural and human influences on the water cycle, from the perspectives of civil engineering, information technology and earth sciences. They are of direct relevance to sustainable development because they prepare graduates to improve the sustainable management of human impacts on water resources, design simulation models for various phases of the water cycle, and contribute to the development of integrated solutions for reducing the impact of water-related natural hazards and other water issues.
Aim of the Programme
The programme aims to deepen the knowledge, insights and skills for Hydraulic Engineering (part of Civil Engineering and covering the disciplines River Basin Development, Land and Water Development and Coastal Engineering and Port Development), Hydroinformatics (an IT-oriented discipline), Hydrology (an Earth Science) and Urban Water Management. These different fields are complementary and ensure exposure of the student to a large variety of water issues from different perspectives, and the ability to develop sustainable solutions for complex water problems. In particular, this programme provides the education to:
• Improve the management of water resources through assessing and monitoring their condition, the underlying hydrological processes and the vulnerability to hazards;
• Sustain economic development by better flood and drought protection, risk management and hazard reduction, in an era of climate and global change;
• Improve environmental and public health through pollution prevention;
• Sustain and improve water supply, power generationand agriculture through integrated water resources management;
• Improve food production by developing, operating, maintaining and optimising water-related infrastructure;
• Sustain economic growth through the development of coastal and riparian zones;
• Manage and control water systems in an integrated and sustainable way, with stakeholders, through the development of technologies to simulate such systems.
Hydraulic Engineering - Coastal Engineering and Port Development
You will develop scientific and engineering knowledge and practical skills to plan, model, design and manage coastal engineering and port development projects, and learn to analyse coastal problems and conceive appropriate solutions.