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Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation in Deltas (formerly known as "Planning and Delivery of Flood Resilience")

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Certificate / Diploma Short course Delft

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study Agriculture and environment
Course summary This short course discusses conceptual frameworks, planning approaches, implementation strategies and governance arrangements to deal with potential flood events and future changes in flood risk.
Course description Flood risk management: This topic addresses an integrated approach to the analysis and management of flood risks and benefits. It focuses on all aspects of pre-event mitigation: protection, prevention and preparedness. Protection is directed at reducing the likelihood of floods. Prevention involves sustainable spatial planning and infrastructure protection, while preparedness concerns taking organizational measures. Flood event management: This topic introduces an emerging approach to understand and analyse flood resilience: The ability of a community or area to remain functioning under a range of flood magnitudes. It addresses the management of flood events, including preparedness, emergency relief and recovery. A framework for promoting community resilience will be established. Adaptive delta management: This topic applies the Adaptive Delta Management (ADM) approach, which is a transparent way of including uncertainty around future changes in adaptation decision making. This includes developing Adaptation Pathways, which refers to a sequence of adaptation measures and options. Examples include the Dutch and Bangladesh Delta Plans.
Study subjects Week 1: Climate system and climate change. Week 2: Hazards and risk assessment including the introduction of resiliency and methods to assess risk and resiliency. Week 3: Climate adaptation incl. adaptive planning and adaptation pathways.
Course objectives • principles of climate change and climate modeling. • physical basis of natural and anthropogenic greenhouse effect. • impact of climate change on coastal catchments, coasts and deltas. • IPCC climate projections and conceptual understanding of climate adaptation. • advice on physical impacts and economic/environmental risks. • advice on how to adapt to change in coastal catchments and delta's.
ECTS credits 5.00
Duration 3 week(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, group assignment, lecture, oral presentation, self study
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. Preferably 2 to 3 years of relevant professional experience.
  2. Academic bachelor degree in a relevant subject or equivalent qualification from a recognized 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.

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