Water and Sediment Management

  • Level: Master 1
  • Period: Semester 2
  • Language: English
  • Credits: 6 ECTS
  • Teacher/Coordinator: Julien Castelin

Main Objectives

Learning outcomes:
- Understand the main issues about water and sediment pollution and the main challenges to face, in France and in Europe
- Learn about the French and Dutch specific approaches on this topic

Skills Developed

  • Practice collaborative group work: work, oral presentation, written report…
  • Perform GW monitoring and sampling operations
  • Analyze survey reports, maps and data

General Content

The course will include many different lectures about this topic, from different actors, showing different perspectives + a lot of field visits, in France and in the Netherlands.
Regarding Water Management:

  • Specific cases of Water Management:
    • Example of Friesland region in The Netherlands (lecture from Friesland region waterboard + boat trip)
    • At the European Level: presentation of Integrated Management of Water Resources (lectures and serious game)
  • Sustainable Water Technology: visit of WETSUS center of excellence for water technology (Leeuwarden) + CEW (Center of Expertise Water Technology)
  • About Groundwater topic: field visit (groundwater sampling tools) + practical (groundwater quality)
  • + Other field visits (visit of the biggest groundwater pumping facility of The Netherlands…)

Regarding Sediment Management:

  • Specific approach of sediment management in The Netherlands: lectures and field visits (dredging work/deposit places/sludge treatment facility…)
  • Specific approach of sediment management in France: lectures and field visits as well


Practical in lab, group assignments and individual written exam based on the lectures, visits…


Julien Castelin
Professor - Academic Advisor, Environmental Science
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