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Unit information: Water Resources Risk Management 4 in 2018/19

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Unit name Water Resources Risk Management 4
Unit code CENGM0018
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Dr. Woods
Open unit status Not open

Hydraulics 2, Engineering Mathematics 2



School/department Department of Civil Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


This unit will provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding of risk analysis and management in the field of water resources engineering. It will cover the necessary basics of statistics and probability of risk, which will subsequently be applied to the different areas of water resources engineering, including floods and droughts.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, successful students will be able to;

1. understand the concept of risk in water engineering,

2. understand probability and statistical concepts in risk analysis,

3. understand the principles of frequency analysis,

4. understand origin and limitations of data,

5. estimate floods in the UK context,

6. estimate low flows in the UK context,

7. estimate floods and low flows at ungauged location,

8. understand risk mitigation measures,

9. understand impacts of climate and land use change.

Teaching details


Assessment Details

2-hour examination

Reading and References

CEH (1999). Flood Estimation Handbook, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Chow, Ven T, Maidment, D.R. and Mays, L.W. (2013). Applied Hydrology. 2nd Edition, McGraw-Hill.

Shaw, E.M., Beven, K.J., Chappell, N.A. and Lamb, R. (2011). Hydrology in Practice. Spon Press.