Sustainable Landscape and Water Management
- Department of Landscape Water Conservation
Landscape is crucial for human living. All the processes and human activities are linked to landscape, which performs the frame for them. Landscape has to be managed the way it is good place for living, but it is also place, where basic processes and cycles are going on. These processes (energy and mass cycles, ... are running partly independently on human wish, but people surely can influence them. The direction of influence is crucial for further development of society, for supply by basic sources, for climate and weather formation and other crucial features. Landscape and water management are very closely linked together, but also with essential needs of human society. Therefore they have to be carefully studied, well understood and properly managed.
None specific. Basic knowledge of hydrology, climatology and soil science.
- Syllabus of lectures:
- Introduction to catchment and landscape management
- European landscape and its development - agricultural landscape
- Main energy and mass cycles within the landscape
- Role of landscape in human development and human being
- Main processes in agricultural landscape
- Driving forces in landscape development - policy, economics
- Soil and water conservation in the scale of landscape and watershed management
- Tools for landscape management and landscape planning
- Landscape and watershed resilience to flood and droughts
- Possible climate changes mitigation in scale of landscape and watershed management
- Ecological structure of the landscape - basics, goals, operation, design
- Implementation of Ecosystem services into process of landscape development assessment
- Integrated landscape and watershed management
- Syllabus of tutorials:
Integrated project for whole semester, where complex management measures will be designed, to reach optimum functionality and productivity of the landscape within the catchment size of ca 10 - 100 km2, including:
- water quality conservation
- soil conservation
- flood control
- drought resilience
- agricultural productivity
- leisure value
- generally ecosystem services assessment
and other relevant approaches and issues.
To obtain Assessment, students will have to submit and defend report.
- Study Objective:
The goal is to introduce to students complex approach to the landscape and catchment management, especially together with the fact, that landscape has its economic, but also ecological and social role and pays crucial role in climate formation. Students will get basic skills in integrated landscape and catchment management, but mainly will learn about complexity of problem.
- Study materials:
!Boardman, J., Poessen, J., 2006. Soil Erosion in Europe. John Willey et Sons, Ltd. ISBN 9780470859100
!Matlock, M., D., Morgan, R., A., 2011. Ecological engineering design - restoring and conserving ecosystem services. J.Wiley and Sons, Inc. ISBN 978-0-470-34514-6
!Mishra, K., S., Singh, V., P., 2003. Soil Conservation Service Curve Number (SCS-CN) Methodology. Springer. ISBN 978-90-481-6225-3
!Kangas, P., C., 2004. Ecological Engineering - Principles and Practice. CRC Press, Florida, USA. ISBN 1-56670-599-1
- Further information:
- No time-table has been prepared for this course
- The course is a part of the following study plans: