Welcome to the NAIAD 2020 Project! The NAIAD 2020 project is a group of over 16 partners, 9 DEMO sites, and 9 work packages that focus on the insurance value of the environment and how to capitalize this value through nature based solutions (NBS). This course will outline main objectives and innovations from each of the groups, as well as encourage debate on the definition of natural capital and how this capital can be included in business models. 

The context of this class is flood and drought prevention and mitigation, and case studies will be incorporated into the modules. Please use this course to not only learn and update yourselves on the project proceedings, but also to highlight how these themes can be applied from your specific background, company, or area of interest. We also want to gain perspective and refined focus through hearing and reading about your experiences and practices.

Through this six-week course, students will produce reports on the discussed topics and their applications. At the end of the course, the students as a whole will create a business model using the tools and concepts they have obtained for a hypothetical case study. Along the way, quizzes will ensure proper understanding and grasp of the material.  Deadlines for all activities will be posted within each week.


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  • Course highlights: The course gives overview of the basic elements of planning, design operation and maintenance of water transport and distribution systems. The focus is on understanding hydraulic operation of these systems, spatially and temporally.
  • What participants will learn: On conclusion of the course, the participant should be able to decide on the main planning elements, namely the design demands, pressures, velocities and gradients. Furthermore, he/she should fully understand the steady-state hydraulics, be able to distinguish between various supplying schemes and network layouts, and understand implications of various operational modes. In addition, he/she should understand the main elements of engineering design as well as be able to judge technical solutions dealing with system maintenance, rehabilitation, and expansion.
  • Course didactics: The lecture contents are accompanied by the PowerPoint-presentations and interactive Excel-spreadsheet hydraulic lessons that are made available to the participants for self-study and while working on the workshop problems. During the computer workshop, operation of a simple network will be analysed by using network model. It is advised to solve all workshop problems prior to the computer workshop.
  • Learning tips: The workshop problems serve to learn about basic hydraulic principles and usually deal with position of hydraulic grade line under various topographical conditions. Those should be solved manually, after passing the related theory by following the PowerPoint-presentations and reading the textbook. The results can be checked by using the Excel applications. The network model serves to develop understanding of hydraulics in horizontal cross-section focusing on head-loss and flow/velocity distribution.

This course is an introduction to impact assessment and covers Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and  Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). I

The topics include the impact assessment process and frameworks and tools to integrate in the assessment human rights, climate change, ecosystem services, biodiversity, and cumulative effects.

In this course, we will explore and analyse the complex interaction between water service providers and their (natural) environment, and how the concepts of sustainability and resilience translate into these interactions and daily practices. We will do this through (i) an overview of discourses and practices on the urban water cycle and Urban Water Management paradigms, (ii) an exposure of various environmental approaches in water service provision, and (iii) the design of, and subsequent reflection on, environmental management guidelines for water service providers.

The course starts with consideration of how hydrology may influence water quality, and what that means for the choice of locations. For example, in a lake, you may want to monitor both at the surface and at the bottom. When those more natural variations have been covered, anthropogenic activities are added to the catchment. This leads into a discussion on measurement frequency, before we get to the final part of the course on real-world monitoring networks.