Hydrology, management and decision making in a catchment with competing uses

In this this three-day, thematic course we aim to enable you to address suitable holistic integrated catchment management. The course focusses on the challenges of surface water and groundwater resources management at catchment scale, as well as managing competing uses and environmental impacts. Catchment hydrology and its implications on water management is discussed. Decision support tools and modelling tools are introduced through examples and project cases. Hands-on exercises are not included.

Water resources are under increasing stress from growing populations, intensification of agriculture, and climate change.

Catchment management is vital to water use permitting, setting allocation limits, defining permissible loads and environmental impacts, and making water sharing strategies. To achieve holistic integrated catchment management, water managers and planners must address groundwater and surface water interaction as well as the impact of land use and climate change on water resources.


  • Specific water management targets and criteria
  • Water use, conflicts and resources
  • Understanding the catchment
  • Assessment and modelling tools
  • What to request and expect from a model
  • From data and models to decision variables
  • From planning to on-line
  • Examples from planning and on-line project cases
    • conceptual model development
    • integrated models
    • decision support, scenarios and indicators


Water resource professionals including water managers, water resource engineers, hydrologists, hydro-geologists and water resource modellers. It is preferable, but no condition, that participants have previous experience with water management, hydrology and models.