Integrated Watershed Management


The course aims at giving students an understanding of the causes and consequences of land transformation by humans, under climate change scenarios, in mountainous and floodplains landscapes. Risk perception and social vulnerability will be also considered in the analysis. Overall the course provides a multidisciplinary framework in support of strategies and decisions for sustainable land use planning, hydrogeological risk assessment and management.

Learning Outcome

Students will learn how to manage environmental data in GIS, focusing on Earth’s surface processes such as soil erosion, landslides, and floods.

Lectures/seminars & field trip
GIS laboratory & roundtable discussions

Drafting of a technical report that must include, following the logic narrative of the course structure, the main topics illustrated during the course. The oral examination is based on the discussion of such report.


Type of assessment: The capability of the candidate to discuss and present a case study, raising problems and highlighting likely solutions.

Marking scale: 30-point grading scale 

Re-exam: Re-examination identical to ordinary examination.