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Freshwater resource definition, characterisation, use, and impacts of exploitation and their management or mitigation. Topics will include; perspectives/values (including cultural) associated with water bodies, anthropogenic stresses and their effects on resources, key aquatic and ecosystems processes, methods of characterisation and impact assessment, hazards, NZ legislative frameworks relating to water and environmental resource, and catchment management approaches. Will include a compulsory one-day fieldtrip.
IN 2021 THIS COURSE WILL BE HELD AT UC.The aim of this course is to provide graduates, who already have particular academic skills, with an overview of the knowledge required for effective management of water resources in NZ.It serves two purposes;• Advanced consideration of fundamental concepts of water resource management such that students can understand and accommodate aspects of water resource management in their chosen career• A core component, and the first course taken, of the PG Diploma/Master of Water Resources, giving all graduates entering the programme, from a variety of backgrounds, an understanding of the fundamental concepts of water resource management.This course is run jointly with Lincoln University. Lectures are run from each University in alternating years (this is a physical location difference to balance it between the two Universities). In 2021 this course will be held at the University of Canterbury. A full day Sunday field trip is also part of the course.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to;Describe and explain why freshwater resources and their ecosystems are vulnerable, and discuss the critical factors in resource exploitation and longevity.Identify how water resources, and their limits, are quantifiedRecognise the relevance of specialist skills (e.g., in aspects of science, engineering, planning) in the resolution of freshwater resources management issues.Discuss the importance of field measurements, monitoring programmes, and data treatment and its use in resource assessment Analyse how conflicts arise in resource use, and approach and communicate water resource issues constructively and without biasAssess those aspects of NZ environmental law that are most relevant to freshwater management, and how these can be applied (or not) to ensure sustainable use of water resources. Contribute effectively to an interdisciplinary team working on water resource issuesCommunicate concepts effectively and usefully to a range of audiences
(1) Entry is subject to approval by the Programme Director (2)BSc, BE(Hons), BEMP (LU) orequivalent qualification orexperience in a field of relevance in water resource management
Students must attend one activity from each section.
This course is run jointly with Lincoln University. Lectures are run from each University in alternating years (this is just a physical location difference to balance it between the two Universities). In 2021 the course will be held at the University of Canterbury. Make sure you check the LEARN site prior to the first class to check for updated news.A full day field trip is also included.
There is no available textbook covering the range of topics to be offered in WATR401. However, there are a variety of excellent textbooks on the nature of freshwater resources and their management in the university library.A course reader is provided with key articles and any additional readings will also be provided via the LEARN(moodle) website.
Domestic fee $1,066.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
For further information see
School of Earth and Environment on the department and colleges page.