Surface water

The Netherlands has adequate amount of Surface Water (SW) to deal with. The management of SW requires understanding of, the water flows, the chemical and ecological environments of surface water bodies, the factors influencing these water bodies; like impacts of climate change and effects of anthropogenic activities.

Along with the management of the quantity of the open water bodies (rivers, canals, lakes and small water channels), the quality of the water is also highly important. Not only from the ecological and aesthetic perspectives but surface water quality play a pivotal role for drinking water utilities. Most of the water utilities in the Netherlands withdrawing raw water from rivers, for treatment for drinking purpose. The presence of emerging substances of concern in the river water, such as from domestic and industrial waste water, pharmaceutical and agricultural waste substances, pose a threat to the drinking water and to the aquatic ecological ecosystem itself. Further, the use of surface water for agricultural purpose might lead these substances to enter in our food web. These are the topics those require understanding, based on the fundamental knowledge of these subjects and the latest developments in research in these areas. 

Hence in our surface water theme, we are offering the fundamental knowledge of Aquatic ecological system analysis, management of Blue algae in surface water bodies, Emerging contaminants of concern in surface waters and a course on nature friendly river embankments. These courses will cover the fundamental knowledge of the subject, management, regulations and solution of the problems. The courses are mix of theory and practical, by working with models, workshops and lively discussions on the real life case studies from the participants and the teachers.

This theme is part of our course offering in Water management and water purification.


Surface water consists of: