Water Resources Management

Module aims

  • To introduce: the general water availability/demand problem; the design method for water resources; the optimisation methods for the operation of water resource systems.
  • To study the general practice of regional water resource management, as seen from the points of view of the industry and of the regulator.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this course unit, students will be able to:

  • Appreciate the role of uncertainty in estimating water resource needs.
  • Have a grasp of the issues involved in operating a reservoir.
  • Have an understanding of the main issues involved in managing assets.
  • Know how to design a reservoir to meet demand given available river flows.
  • Know how to estimate the probability of failure of a reservoir.
  • Know how to make sense of and best use a control diagram for reservoir operation.
  • Understand the notion of headroom.
  • Skills in the use of probability distributions to estimate risk.

Module syllabus

  • Introduction to the problems of water resources and water demand. Characteristics of water resources systems.
  • Reservoir design: critical period methods.
  • Reservoir design: probability matrix methods.
  • Introduction to reservoir operation.
  • Water management in practice: the regulator and water company’s respective perspectives.   

No.

Topic

Staff

16

An introduction to the problems of water resources and water demand. Characteristics of water resources systems

CO

17

Reservoir Design: Critical Period methods (I)

CO

18

Reservoir Design: Critical Period methods (II) + Probability Matrix Methods (I)

CO

19

Reservoir Design: Probability Matrix Methods (II)

CO

20

An Introduction to Reservoir Operation

CO

21

General Systems Theory and applications to Water Resources Management

AM

22

Linear Programming in Water Resources Management

AM

23

Water Resources Management in practice (I)

AM

24

Water Resources Management in practice (II): the regulator’s perspective

Bob Hillier (EA)

Teaching methods

A combination of lectures and tutorials. 

Assessments

 Assessment information will be provided separately. 

Reading list

Supplementary

Module leaders

Dr Christian Onof