Urban Sprawl and Hydrology


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Urban Sprawl and Hydrology


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The phenomenon of urban sprawl is worldwide and will be understood and how it alters hydrology and accentuates water scarcity and flooding. The essential skills to understand the various techniques for sustainable storage and distribution of efficient and drinkable water quantities in urban settings, especially in semi-arid environments will be taught.

Learning Objectives

  • Comprehend the alteration that urban sprawl causes to the hydrologic cycle and how it can lead to waster flooding and scarcity
  • Address the inability of local governments to cooperate and address negative aspects of sprawling growth on water resources
  • To distinguish the various planning tools as well as their applicability and usefulness for water resources in urban areas
  • Evaluate components of specific water resource planning projects

Learning Goals

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

  • Develop sustainable water management plans for urban areas
  • Implement conservation practices for water use in urban settings
  • Provide support to municipalities on the proper management of their water resources


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  1. Newson. Land, Water and Development: Sustainable and Adaptive Management of Rivers. Routledge; 3 edition pp. 480, (2008).
  2. M. Kaufman D.T. Rogers, K.S. Murray Urban Watersheds: Geology, Contamination, and Sustainable Development. CRC Press pp. 583 pages (2011)

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Price : 550 $

Difficulty : Semester B’

Typology : Optional