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Urban Flood Management and Disaster Risk Mitigation

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Certificate / Diploma Short course Delft

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study Agriculture and environment
Course summary Proactive management of flood disasters requires thorough assessment of risk. This course covers theory and practice of flood risk estimation and modelling of floods in urban areas.
Course description The focus of this course is on assessment of flood risk in urban areas and how to use the models for this purpose. Different modelling approaches are considered. These approaches are then embedded in the wider context of flood risk assessment and disaster management. This wider context considers everything from how the urban planning process should take place in areas with potential flood risks, to urban hydrology, climate change, hazards, environmental impacts, public health and design of flood protection schemes. Flood risks due to the following types of urban floods are considered: • (Fluvial) Flooding resulting from rivers breaching or overtopping flood defences; • (Coastal) Flooding resulting from tidal or storm surges; • (Pluvial) Flooding caused by heavy rainfall exceeding the capacity of the drainage systems; • Flash floods caused by rapid response to heavy rainfall. The course also discusses both theoretical and practical aspects of proactive disaster management practice by focusing on disaster prevention, mitigation, response and recovery.
Study subjects The course focuses on urban flood problems, use of modelling tools for developing of solutions and disaster management actions, integrated 1D and 2D modelling techniques, GIS mapping of flood hazard areas; real-time flood warning systems and disaster management planning.
Course objectives Principles of urban flood generation; underground and aboveground drainage systems coupled with overland flows; design of stormwater systems with respect to urban planning; use of 1D and 2D models for modelling overland and conduit flows; flood forecasting/warning systems; model building and results presentation in GIS; structural and non-structural flood mitigation measures; disaster management.
ECTS credits 5.00
Duration 3 week(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes lecture, case study, computer exercise, computer modeling, individual assignment
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 field 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
20 Apr 2020 20 Mar 2020 20 Mar 2020
19 Apr 2021 19 Mar 2021 19 Mar 2021
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 2910€ 2910n.a.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

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