VALUE Course 2013

Short Doctoral Course
Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)
University of Oulu, Linnanmaa Campus, Lecture room SÄ105, Oulu, Finland
August 5-7, 2013

Teaching methods: Contact learning, work on own
Work load: Estimated totals up to 2 ECTS

Professor, PhD, PE, DWRE Mohammad Karamouz , New York University/ Polytechnic Institute, USA. Read more about Prof. Karamouz at the bottom of the page)

Short description
Integrated water resourcse management is one of the key solutions for security and sustainable development of water resources. This short course aims to introduce Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) with emphasis on risk and uncertainty, decision making, and legal framework in water resources management.

Target group
The course might benefit persons who e.g. work or study water and environmental engineering, civil engineering, geology, or for decision- and policy-makers.

Please fill in the form (docx-file) and send it by e-mail to Ali Torabi Haghighi (ali.torabihaghighi at oulu.fi)



Day 1 – August 5, 2013
From 9 to 5 pm with coffee breaks and lunch at 12 (at own)
Lecture room SÄ105, University of Oulu, Linnanmaa Campus

1. An introduction to IWRM

  • History & Development of IWRM
  • Basic Principles and Concepts
  • Paradigm Shifts- Key issues in IWRM

2. Water Governance

  • Policies
  • Institutions
  • Governance and Community Approaches for IWRM
  • Supply vs. Demand Side Management
  • Water Governance at Regional Level
  • Governance Models

3. Organizational and Management Issues in IWRM

  • Capacity Building for IWRM

Day 2 – August 6, 2013
From 9 to 5 pm with coffee breaks and lunch at 12 (at own)
Lecture room SÄ105, University of Oulu, Linnanmaa Campus

4. Water Resources Assessment

  • Tools and Techniques- Optimization and Simulation
  • Indicators and use of Multi-Criteria Decision Making (MCDM)
  • Conflict Resolution Techniques
  • Risk and Uncertainties

5. The process of IWRM implementation

  • Stakeholders Driven-Shared Vision Approach
  • Participatory Decision Making

6. Water Resources Planning Applications

  • Reservoir and Lakes
  • River Basin Management
  • Inter-Basin Water Transfer-Transboundary Issues.
  • Land Use Planning
  • Groundwater Management
  • Dynamic Strategy Planning for Sustainable Water Resources

Day 3 August 7, 20137
From 9 to 5 pm with coffee breaks and lunch at 12 (at own)

Lecture room SÄ105, University of Oulu, Linnanmaa Campus

7. Water Supply and Demand Management

  • Water Use
  • Non- Conventional Source of Water
  • Demand Management
  • Climate Variability and Change

8. Conflict resolution issues in IWRM

  • Legal Framework
  • Institutional framework

9. Case studies


About the lecturer

The course is given by professor Mohammad Karamouz from New York University/ Polytechnic Institute. He is the Director of Environmental Engineering Program of the Department of Civil Engineering at Polytechnic Institute of New York University. NYU-Poly is a well know University founded in 1854, and USAs second-oldest private engineering school.

Recently (in 2013) prof. Karamouz was nominated by the ASCE medal Service to the Profession Award. The prize acknowledges his work with ASCE's Environmental and Water Resources Institute (EWRI), his innovative research, textbooks, editorial contributions to the ASCE journal and leadership. For more information please visit http://poly.edu/user/mkaramou

Reference Materials
Lenton R. and Muller, M. (2009) Integrated Water Resources Management in Practice: Better Water Management for Development, Routledge, ISBN-13: 978-1844076505 (248p)

Karamouz, M., Moridi, M., Nazif, S. (2010) Urban Water Engineering and Management, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida 33431. ISBN-13: 978-1439813102 (620p)

Buchholz, R. A. (1998) Principles of Environmental Management, Prentice Hall, Englewood, NJ, (2nd Edition), ISBN-13: 978-0136848950 (464p)

More information:

Doctoral Student Ali Torabi Haghighi; Tel. +358 294 48 4333, ali.torabihaghighi at oulu.fi
Instructional coordinator Riitta Kamula, Tel. +358 294 48 3566, riitta.kamula at oulu.fi