The Junior Research Group offers courses of 6 CP per semester in the Master's programmes "Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering" (TropHEE), "International Cooperation in Urban Development" (Mundus Urbano), "Applied Geosciences". and the interdisciplinary study program "Technology and international Development".

The lecture „Urban Hydrology an Ecology“ is held in summer terms by Prof. Dr. Jochen Hack.

Course contents:

  • Causes and consequences of urbanization
  • Urban hydrology and river ecology
  • Mapping and modelling of ecosystem services in urban areas
  • Urban political ecology, introduction to ecological engineering (principles, concepts, methods and applications)
  • Nature-based solutions in urban contexts and case study examples from different parts of the world.

The lecture „Integrated Water Recources Management“ is held in winter terms by Prof. Dr. Jochen Hack

Course contents:

  • Theory and practical implications of the concept of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
  • Hydrological Ecosystem Services: Definition, principles, assessment and evaluation
  • Development of compensation schemes for Hydrological Ecosystem Services (Building on green infrastructure)
  • Solving problems of spatial fit and institutional interplay in IWRM by applying the concept of Hydrological Ecosystem Services
  • Water-Energy-Nexus (Addressing cross-sectoral linkages: water demand for energy and fuel production; energy demand for water extraction, conveyance, distribution, treatment, etc.)
  • Water and Urbanization (feedback loops of urbanization impacts and water resources as sources and sinks)
  • Water Resources Management in developing countries (esp. issues concerning environmental politics and environmental economics as major hurdles towards sustainable and participative management)

SEE-URBAN-WATER offers students of the International Master's Program Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering (TropHEE) project-related topics as Scientific Training for their master course. During this part of the study program students put special geoscientific methods such as terrain analysis and mapping, chemical analyses and the collection and interpretation of external data to investigate a specific topic into practice.

The Scientific Training allows the student to study a given scientific subject by means of practical laboratory and/or field methods at a high level of independency. It is a step towards disciplinary specialisation, usually in the forerun of the Master Thesis. The student improves his/her methodical knowledge and skills and is enabled to assess and use different technical and/or analytical methods, including data evaluation. The student acquires skills to understand scientific problems in the field of water and environment and to develop approaches to solve them.

The SEE-URBAN-WATER team offers the course Nature-based solutions for urban planning during summer terms as part of the Master of Science in International Cooperation in Urban Development (Mundus Urbano).

The aim of this course is to provide an overview of Nature-based solutions for urban planning contexts. An initial analysis of how urbanization impacts the water balance and the ecology of rivers will be followed by an introduction to different green infrastructures and the holistic assessment of these. The lecture includes several hands on-exercises based on project examples of the SEE-URBAN-WATER research group. Inter- and transdisciplinary working is a central topic of the course.

This lecture is held in German.

Die Vorlesungseinheit „Natur-basierte Lösungen zum urbanen Gewässerschutz“ wird im Sommersemester von Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jochen Hack im Rahmen der Ringvorlesung “Einführung in die Umweltwissenschaft” des interdisziplinären Studienschwerpunktes Umweltwissenschaften angeboten. Die Vorlesung ist Teil des Vorlesungsblocks “Naturwissenschaftliche Erkenntnisse über die Veränderung der Umwelt” der Ringvorlesung.