Room for Rivers: River basin Management in Times of Climate Change

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Professional Course
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5 weeks
From 139 USD

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Room for Rivers: River basin Management in Times of Climate Change

With a long history of disasters and years of dealing with the challenges posed by water, the Netherlands has accumulated essential knowledge about water management and specifically of rivers. This course will share with you this knowledge gleaned over more than a decade under the Dutch government’s “Room for the River” program, started in 2007. The goal of this program was to manage higher water levels in rivers, while restoring the river’s natural flood plain in places where it is least harmful in order to protect those areas that need protection. All this in the context of the changing characteristics of rivers in times of climate change.

While the practical experience gained from this program is derived from cases in the Netherlands, it also applies to other countries that build their social, ecological and economic prosperity on what rivers bring them. It will be most beneficial for water managers, river engineers, landscape designers and policy makers who seek more knowledge surrounding analysis, design and development of river and delta solutions.

The specific skills gained in this course are in the design of engineering interventions; stakeholder analysis and balancing economic benefits with safe living conditions, ecological quality and attractive landscapes. You will also understand the impact of climate change and will be introduced to approaches to deal with the dynamics and the uncertainties they bring.

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There are no prerequisites for participating in this course. Analytical ability, an interest in rivers and an affinity with engineering, governance or landscape design are helpful.

Training content

Introduction: the river as persona

  • Scale: Watershed
  • (Inter)Disciplinary perspective: integrated problem focus

A water safety issue?

  • Scale: From watershed to project scales
  • Disciplinary perspective: Hydraulic Engineering

A governance issue?

  • Scale: Project scale (problem area)
  • Disciplinary perspective: governance

A spatial quality issue?

  • Scale: Project scale (problem area)
  • Disciplinary perspective: spatial design

Room for rivers: an integrated approach

  • Scale: Watershed
  • (Inter)Disciplinary perspective: program architecture

Course delivery details

This course is offered through Delft University of Technology, a partner institute of EdX.

4–6 hours per week


  • Verified Track -$139
  • Audit Track - Free

Certification / Credits

What you'll learn

  • To examine a river (watershed) and a problem area (project level) from the perspectives of hydraulic engineering, governance and landscape design
  • Module 1: To investigate a river (watershed) and a problem area (project level) by considering large spatial scales (from source to sea) considering the historical developments and long-term horizons;
  • Module 2: To appreciate a river as a system with up- and downstream relationships between human interventions and water levels
  • Module 3: To understand how stakeholders play a role in river basin management processes and even sometimes effect changes to designs
  • Module 4: To discover the potential role of landscape design in accommodating various societal functions, including water safety, over short- and long-term time horizons;
  • Module 5: to understand the intricacies of bringing together water safety, governance and spatial quality aspects into one integrated program with a long-term planning perspective.

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