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spate irrigation

The Spate Irrigation Network, with support from UNW-DPC and in cooperation with UNESCO-IHE, has produced this series of lectures on Spate Irrigation Systems.

Domestic wastewater

The general objective of the Urban Drainage and Sewerage course is to provide an understanding of the basic principles and knowledge for the planning, design and construction of urban drainage and sewerage systems. The course is structured under 7 topics: introduction to urban drainage and types of sewerage systems, urban hydrology and hydraulics, dry and wet weather flow characterization, data collection and processing, design and modelling of urban drainage systems, advanced topics in urban drainage, case studies.

This open courseware set gives an overview of the activities and involvement of UNESCO-IHE in the field of Faecal Sludge Management. Download the new book 'Faecal Sludge Management, systems approach for implementation and operation' below.

toilet Ecological or sustainable sanitation focuses on sanitation beyond providing people with a toilet. It wants to protect and promote human health by providing a clean environment and breaking the cycle of disease. More than that, it aims to be economically viable and socially acceptable; to be technically and institutionally appropriate; and to protect the environment and natural resources.

For many studies models are used or developed. During modelling courses not much attention is paid to the preprocessing of input data and parameters needed for the models. A lot of open source software is available for this purpose. Besides desktop tools with graphical user interfaces, scripting is very useful for processing large datasets and timeseries. With the skills learned in this course you will be able to more efficiently process your data and setup and improve your models.

Tidel current modelling, Texel, Netherlands

The Hydrology and Hydraulics course provides lecture notes, presentations and assignments structured under 6 topics: hydrology data, engineering hydrology, free surface hydronamics, hydraulic laboratory, introduction to GIS and introduction to remote sensing.

The Computational Hydraulics course provides lecture notes, presentations and assignments related to the modelling of aquatic. The focus is on problems related to shallow water hydrodynamics and water quality, surges and groundwater. The course focuses in the development and analysis of numerical algorithms for fluid flow problems and the implementation of the computational methods on a PC.

Coastal floods are one of the most dangerous and harmful natural hazards affecting urban areas adjacent to shorelines. Rapid urbanisation combined with climate change and poor governance means a significant increase in the flood risk, posing a greater risk of devastation to coastal communities.

This e-learning module aims to contribute to capacity building of professionals involved in disaster risk management from extreme hydro-meteorological events.  The module represents the means to disseminate the concepts developed within the PEARL project ( It  draws upon the theory and practice concerning multi hazards, holistic risk assessment, development of strategies and selection of measures, and their implementation. There is a pool of case studies in Europe and also Internationally.