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TU Delft Online Course on Introduction to Water and Climate

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Delft University of Technology has developed Massive Open Online Courses that are available for free on edx. The course consists of knowledge clips, movies, exercises, discussion and homework assignments. It finishes with an examination.

Over eight weeks applicants will explore how climate change, water availability, and engineering innovation are key challenges for our planet. The course will start on September 6, 2016.

Course At A Glance

Length: 7 weeks
Effort: 6-8 hours/week
Subject: Environmental Studies
Institution: Delft University of Technology and edx
Languages: English
Level: Introductory
Price: Free. Add a Verified Certificate for $50
Certificate Available: Yes
Session: Starts on September 6, 2016

Providers Details

Delft University of Technology is the largest and oldest technological university in the Netherlands. Our research is inspired by the desire to increase fundamental understanding, as well as by societal challenges. We encourage our students to be independent thinkers so they will become engineers capable of solving complex problems. Our students have chosen Delft University of Technology because of our reputation for quality education and research.

About This Course

Water is essential for life on earth and of crucial importance for society. Cycling across the planet and the atmosphere, it also has a major influence on our climate.

Weekly modules are hosted by four different professors, all of them being international experts in their field. The course consists of knowledge clips, movies, exercises, discussion and homework assignments. It finishes with an examination.

This course combined with the courses “Introduction to Drinking Water Treatment” (new edition to start in January 2016) and “Introduction to the Treatment of Urban Sewage” (new edition to start in April 2016) forms the Water XSeries, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences, TU Delft.

Why Take This Course?

Applicants will explore how climate change, water availability, and engineering innovation are key challenges for our planet. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts. Applicants can get a personalized, digital and printed certificate.

Learning Outcomes

  • The different processes of the global water cycle
  • The challenges in better understanding and adapting to the impact of climate change on water for the coming 50 years
  • The flows of water and sand in different riverine, coastal and ocean systems
  • How to identify mechanisms of climate change and explain the interplay of climate change, sea level, clouds, rainfall and future weather
  • Why, when and which engineering interventions are needed in rivers, coasts and urban environments
  • Why water for food and water for cities are the main challenges in water management and what the possibilities and limitations of reservoirs and groundwater are to improve water availability

Instructors

Nick van de Giesen

Since July 2004, Nick van de Giesen has held the Van Kuffeler Chair of Water Resources Management of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences. He teaches Integrated Water Resources Management and Water Management.

Nick van de Giesen

Since July 2004, Nick van de Giesen has held the Van Kuffeler Chair of Water Resources Management of the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geosciences. He teaches Integrated Water Resources Management and Water Management.

Hubert Savenije

Prof. Savenije was born in 1952 in the Netherlands and studied at the Delft University of Technology, in the Netherlands, where he obtained his MSc in 1977 in Hydrology.

Marcel Stive

Marcel Stive studied Civil engineering at the Delft University of Technology, where he graduated in 1977 and received his doctorate in 1988.

Requirements

  • Secondary school (high school) algebra
  • Basic mathematics concepts

How To Join This Course

  • Go to the course website link
  • Create an edX account to SignUp
  • Choose “Register Now” to get started.
  • EdX offers honor code certificates of achievement, verified certificates of achievement, and XSeries certificates of achievement. Currently, verified certificates are only available in some courses.
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