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School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Now offering two distinct diplomas: Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Water Resources Management


SchoolEnvironmental Engineering
Course LevelUndergraduate
Course IDENVE 436Semester8th
Course CategoryElective
Course ModulesInstruction Hours per WeekECTS

Lectures and Lab assignments

T=2, E=0, L=2/2

Course TypeScientific area
Instruction/Exam LanguageGreek
The course is offered to Erasmus studentsNo
Course URLhttps//  (In Greek)



Learning Outcomes

In the chapter "Introduction to Environmental Systems Management" you should recognize the categories of pollutants and the basic elements of environmental legislation.

In the "Implementation of the Water Framework Directive" chapter, you need to learn the basics of the Framework Directive and how it was applied to the Region of Crete.

In the chapter "Water Resources Management Model" you need to learn:

  • The theory behind Hydrologic as well as water quality (Nitrogen and Phosphorus) modeling
  • the theory of eutrophication and the reactions of Heavy Metal fate,
  • Water Framework Directive and Management Criteria,
  • Methodologies for Management and restoration,
  • Ecological Impacts.

In the chapter "Water Resources Management" you should know the following

  • Waste Load Allocation,
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Uncertainty Analysis.
General Competencies/Skills
  • Independent study
  • Search, analyze and synthesize data and information, using the necessary technologies
  • Design and Project Management


1. Introduction to Environmental Systems Management - Pollution categories, legislation

2. Implementation of the Water Framework Directive - Region of Crete

3. Model of Water Resources Management - Hydrology

4. Water Resources Management Model -

  • Sediment trasport and nitrogen and phosphorus cycle analysis
  • Eutrophication Theory and Heavy Metals
  • Water Framework Directive and Management Criteria
  • Methodology for Management and Restoration
  • Ecological Impacts

5. Water Resources Management

  • Waste Load Allocation Methodology
  • Sensitivity Analysis
  • Uncertainty Analysis


Lecture MethodDirect (face to face) or Distance learning

Use of Information and Communication Technology

  • Specialized Project Management Software
  • Support Learning Process via the e-class platform
  • Creation and use of environmental models
  • Use of GIS maps
Instruction OrganisationActivityWorkload per Semester
- Lectures26
- Project13
- Independent modeling exercises36
Course Total75

Assessment Method

Lab # 1. Implementing the ETD in a Basin
Lab # 2. Calibration of hydrology
Lab # 3. Calibration of nitrates and phosphates
Lab # 4. Sensitivity and uncertainty analysis
Lab # 5. Climate Change Scenarios

Labs and Project
The labs and the project are INDIVIDUAL. You will be given GIS data as well as meteorological, hydrological and polluting data for a river basin. You will develop the Water Resources Management Plans for a specific subbasin. During the semester, you will work with the data and present the results of each lab in a report. For the Project you need to run additional scenarios and develop a program of measures as well as write the water Resources Management Plan of the sub-basin. The proposed Management Plan will be presented during the last week of the lectures.

Labs = 30%
Presentation = 30%
PROJECT Report = 40%


  • J.L. Schnoor, 2003. Environmental Models. Tziolas Publications;
  • Laboratory Notes - Nikolaos Nikolaidis
    • River Basin Management Plans (LIFE and MIRAGE)
    • Management plans for the Koiliari-Keriti river basin
    • MS Thesis of Elizas Kassotakis
    • ETD Manuals and I / O
    • Eco-quality - HCMR - Mirage
    • Journal Papers - Evrotas and Koiliaris


Course Instructor:Professor N. Nikolaidis (Faculty - EnvEng)
Lectures:Professor N. Nikolaidis (Faculty - EnvEng)
Tutorial exercises: 
Laboratory Exercises:Professor N. Nikolaidis (Faculty - EnvEng)