Water Resources Planning and Management


By the end of this course, all students shall have acquired knowledge and competences on the process of water resources planning and management, including legal and institutional aspects, both at national and international level, enabling then to:

  • Understand e develop water resources planning processes
  • Recognize and understand the main proceedings and methods in water resources management
  • Evaluate water availability and water needs for multiples sectors
  • Understand and quantify the relevance and impacts associated with climate change on water availability and needs
  • Participate in the process of selection and implementation of methods and tools essential to the processes of water management and decision making

Students shall also acquire competences which will allow then mastery on :

  • Water resources monitoring strategies
  • Water availability characterization
  • Water needs quantification
  • Water balances calculations
  • Hydraulic infrastructures design
  • Integrated water quality assessment

General characterization





Responsible teacher

António Pedro de Nobre Carmona Rodrigues, Paulo Alexandre Marques Diogo


Weekly - 4

Total - 62

Teaching language



not apply


Brundtland, Gro Harlem (2004) – “Remarks by Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, MD, MPH - Former Prime Minister of Norway, Past Director-General of World Health Organization“,4th Annual Peter M. Wege Lecture on Sustainability, Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, October 29, USA.


Lencastre, A. e F.M. Franco, 2003, Lições de Hidrologia, FCT-UNL.


Leitão, A. E.; Rodrigues, A. C.; Henriques, A. G. (1996) - “Uma Nova Visão para o Planeamento e Gestão dos Recursos Hídricos Portugueses no Início do Século XXI”, 3º Congresso da Água, APRH, Lisboa, Março.

Loucks, D. P. and E. van Beek, Water Resources Systems Planning and Management, UNESCO, Paris, 2005

Water Framework Directive: https://ec.europa.eu/environment/water/water-framework/index_en.html

Teaching method

The course will develop in two forms: - a theoretical (two-hour weekly) where  underlie and discuss different topics proposed in the program; - a practical component where the student learn to identify and solve real problems within UC objectives and also dimension/project  unit operations and processes which are on the basis of conventional treatment systems.

Evaluation method

The evaluation is performed by 2 Mini-tests with duration of 60 min. The  mini tests count 45% (each) for the final classification.

The curriculum unit to be completed provides the need of the student be present in at least two-thirds of practical classes, and  two-thirds of TPC.  Condition required to obtain frequency. The TPC contribute 10% to the final classification.

The final classification results from the weighted average of the  mini-tests and TPC.

If the student go to exam, the final grade is the grade obtained in the exam.



Subject matter

  1. On the importance and necessity for water management
  2. Instruments
    1. Legal Framework
    2. Institutional Framework
    3. Planning
    4. Economical and Financial Regime
    5. Monitoring
    6. Licensing
    7. Auditing
    8. Construction and operation of infrastructures
  3. Principles
    1. Sustainability
    2. Use efficiency
    3. Polluter pays principle
    4. DPSIR approach
    5. Precautionary principle
    6. Participation principle
  4. Management support Methods
    1. Fresh, transitional and coastal waters
    2. Water balances evaluation
    3. Water sources, availability and needs
    4. Hydrological modelling
    5. Water quality modelling
    6. Pressures, pollution and pathways
    7. Uncertainty and optimization
    8. Drought and scarcity indexes
    9. Hydropower potential
    10. Information systems and decision support systems
  5. Climate Change
    1. Impacts
    2. Future scenarios for water availability and needs
    3. Climate change adaptation