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Α1.0 Water Resources Management

The course is an introduction to basic concepts of Water Resources Management. In the first part of the course, both conventional and non-conventional methods are presented and applied for hydrological design (reservoir dimensioning and design of reservoir safety structures). Hydroelectric energy production is also examined, and risk analysis is performed. Stochastic simulation approaches for reservoir optimisation are presented and the problem of estimation of flow-duration curves is examined. The second part of the course introduces systems theory as well as tools for multi-purpose, multi-reservoir management. The main optimization methods (conventional and evolutionary) used in water resources management are discussed in detail. Finally, the course concludes with an overview of key concepts from water economics for resource allocation and management. The structure of the course is as follows:

  1. Introductory Concepts on Water Resources Management.
  2. Hydrological Design: Reservoir dimensioning (conventional,non-conventional methods).
  3. Hydrological Design: Safety structures (diversion structures, spillways).
  4. Design of hydroelectric energy production – Hydroelectric energy production risk analysis.
  5. Stochastic simulation for reservoir operation.
  6. Estimation of flow-duration curves.
  7. Water Management and optimization – The main challenges and corresponding tools.
  8. Operating multi-purpose, multi-reservoir systems: modelling, optimization, metrics, pareto front.
  9. Semester project: Modelling a real world, multi-purpose, multi-reservoir system.
  10. Uncertainty and Sensitivity Analysis. Game theory.
  11. Optimization: Conventional methods
  12. Optimization: Evolutionary Methods (Genetic Algorithms)
  13. An introduction to the economics of Water Resources Management.