Module Identifier GG31510  
Academic Year 2003/2004  
Co-ordinator Dr Tony Jones  
Semester Semester 1  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours 10 x 2 hours  
  Practical   Practicals / Field Days. 1 field day  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours Resit follows same format. Unseen written examination - 100%. Answer two questions from four in two hours.100%

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will have developed critical skills in relation to major water issues and a familiarisation with the main analytical techniques.


The module aims to impart an understanding of the problems facing the current development of water resources, and to foster a critical view of developments, especially in terms of environmental impact and environmental change.


1. Demand - trends, sources of pressure and environmental impacts

2. Global distribution of resources

3. Assessment of resources - techniques and problems

4. Floods - assessing risks

5. Droughts - assessing risks

6. Modern management techniques

7. Future sources of water supply

8. Environmental impacts on quality and quantity

9. Hydropolitics

Reading Lists

** Recommended Text
European Commission (2000) Towards sustainable and strategic management of water resources Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of EC ISBN 9-28287-417-6
Jones, J.A.A. (1999) Global Hydrology Addison Wesley Longman ISBN 0-582-09861-0
Parker, D.J. (ed) (2000) Floods Routledge, London, vol. I & II ISBN 0-415-22743-7
Postel, S (1992) The last oasis: facing water scarcity Earthscan, London ISBN 1-85383-148-4
World Water Council (2000) World Water Vision Earthscan, London ISBN 1-85383-730-X


This module is at CQFW Level 6