Advances in Water Science and River Management

Description

The module will focus on contemporary debates and span themes across water science and river management to provide students with an insight into latest research findings/ advances, ongoing research debates, and ‘hot topics’ in water science and river management. Guest lectures, a field day and a conference day will provide a good overview of the newest research and its application in management. In student-led seminars, students will critically review the research and its management applications, and discuss possibilities for advancement of the research agenda. Case studies will be drawn from research projects in the United Kingdom and globally, to illustrate their application, with local field visits to key sites to view projects first hand. Students will be asked to evaluate the research and to suggest next steps for future research projects and management applications.

By the end of the module students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of current debates in water science
  • Critically review a series of scientific papers and evaluate the importance of their findings in advancing a specific field, and water sciences more widely
  • Recognise the relevance of research to current environmental and socio-economic debates and discuss the application of research findings in management practice
  • Verbally present, discuss and summarise ideas, demonstrating a high level of comprehension
  • Write well-argued and structured reports and synthesise information effectively Gain experience leading a seminar

Assessment

  • 50%: leading of discussion session (2-3h) + contribution to discussion seminars and 50%: 2000 word coursework summarising state-of-the-art research and suggesting future research to inform management