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Water Quality Assessment and Monitoring

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Certificate / Diploma Short course Delft

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study Agriculture and environment
Course summary Addresses the monitoring cycle: monitoring network design, field+laboratory procedures, statistical data processing. Also insight is given in aquatic ecotoxicology and water quality modelling.
Course description In large parts of the world, rivers and lakes are increasingly polluted. Evaluation of the physical, chemical and biological water quality is essential for the abatement of freshwater pollution. The course will give training on sustainable water quality assessment programmes. In "Water quality monitoring", attention is given to river and lake pollution levels, and the ways to monitor these, following the "why", "how" and "what" questions. Optimization programmes, practical field and laboratory work, as well as Quality assurance, are all part of the curriculum. "Data handling and presentation" discusses the basic statistical techniques for data processing. In "Aquatic Ecotoxicology", biological and ecotoxicological methods of water quality assessment are discussed, as well as risk assessment procedures. "Water quality modelling" will aim at modelling concepts and applications, e.g. response of dissolved oxygen in a river to organic pollution loadings. Excursions will be made to Water quality monitoring and modelling Institutions. Participants will apply newly gained knowledge in a small group assignment on designing a sustainable water quality monitoring programme.
Study subjects Water Quality, including ecotoxicology and modelling. Water quality monitoring in rivers and lakes. Case study: EU-WFD. Statistical data analysis. Optimization programmes. Lab and field work. Concepts and some examples of groundwater quality monitoring. Excursions in the field of Water Quality Monitoring and modelling.
Course objectives To acquaint participants with the principles and techniques used in fresh water quality description, monitoring and assessment, and, as an introduction, in groundwater quality monitoring.
ECTS credits 5.00
Duration 3 week(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, individual assignment, lecture, computer exercise, computer modeling, excursion, group assignment, laboratory work, oral presentation, workshop
Accreditation -

About the institution

Department IHE Delft
Information about the institution IHE Delft Institute for Water Education is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world and the only institution in the UN system to confer accredited MSc degrees and promote PhDs. It offers degree programmes, short courses, online courses and tailor-made training. Since 1957 the Institute has provided graduate education to more than 15,000 water professionals from over 160 countries. More than 175 PhD candidates were promoted. IHE Delft is at the centre of a vast international network of water related institutions, and functions as an interface between knowledge networks and centres, public and private sector organizations, scientific and professional associations and other members of the international water community. The Institute runs a substantial number of joint MSc programmes implemented in partnership with universities around the globe. These joint programmes combine the strengths of the collaborating institutions and deliver either multiple degrees or a joint degree.


Admission requirements
  1. Several years of relevant working experience
  2. Relevant wo bachelor (academic bachelor): BSc degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant subject from a recognised university.
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 6
TOEFL internet based 87
TOEFL paper based 999
Professional experience required -
Duration 3 week(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
30 Mar 2020 29 Feb 2020 29 Feb 2020
Tuition fees
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