Hydrology is the branch of physical geography that researches the general properties of water at the surface of the Earth, the movement and distribution of water on the Globe and the biological, physical and chemical properties as well as the interaction of water with the environment. It is concerned with the laws that govern the processes of the hydrosphere, atmosphere, lithosphere and biosphere and with the forecasting of the evolution of hydrological elements with the aim of a rational consumption and maximal utilisation. It also deals with the fluctuation of the water resources and of the dry land and it monitors the phases of the hydrological cycle.
A sub-discipline of hydrology is the water management that deals with the assessment and administration of water as resource, from several perspectives: quantitative measurement of a water flow from any source in order to develop a water management plan, the information about the availability, quantity, quality, characteristics and variations in flow rates of water sources.
The field of Hydrology and Water Management is becoming more and more challenged by the scarcity and damage of water resources and new and innovative technologies have to be discovered and utilised in order to cope with the difficulties of nowadays water situation.
The University of Florida (UF) offers Master of Science and Master of Engineering degrees with a specialization in water resources planning and management. Admission is competitive and subject to the rules of the UF Graduate School. The curriculum is designed to provide a comprehensive base in the fundamentals of water resources planning and management. The program includes courses on: water resources planning, decision support systems, ecology, water resources infrastructure, economics, water flow, and quantitative methods
EDGE enables engineering professional, military members, and students worldwide to participate in courses, certificates, and degree programs from the UF College of Engineering. Engineers can earn a master’s degree at a time and place convenient to them through programs from UF EDGE. As an EDGE student, you view the same course lectures, complete the same assignments and exams as UF campus based engineering students.
The UC San Diego Master's Degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation equips professionals with the knowledge they need to improve conservation of marine biodiversity in the world's most diverse and threatened eco-regions. It is focused on development of local capacity and science-based management tools. This is a unique graduate program of study providing cutting-edge knowledge of marine biodiversity and fresh conservation perspectives designed to teach current and future professionals about marine ecosystems from the scientific, economic and policy perspectives, as well as provide important cultural and communications skills.
Designed for students who are not able to gain admittance into a graduate program, the Graduate Pathway is a one-year program that will prepare you for academic success by strengthening your academic, English and GRE skills. This Pathway program leads to the Master of Engineering program at Colorado State University. The Master of Engineering program is 30 credits based on curricula that allow graduate students to efficiently focus on the academic courses most relevant to their professional objectives. Each student works with an advisor to create a program of study.
The Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences program conducts cutting-edge research, training and extension for the sustainable development and conservation of aquatic biological resources in Florida, the nation, and worldwide. Among our educational programs, the Master of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences (MFAS) specifically addresses the need for high-quality professional training in the field.
The Water Resources Science (WRS) graduate program is an interdisciplinary and multi-institutional program based on the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses. The WRS program is committed to the education goals of producing scientists with strong technical skills, developing a holistic understanding of the hydrologic cycle and associated ecosystems, and generating an understanding of the interplay between the bio-physical sciences and the social sciences in developing and implementing public policies related to water.
The Graduate Program in Oceanography is centered in the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, which serves as a focus of interdisciplinary studies and research in estuarine, coastal and open-ocean environments. A broad range of research opportunities are available, including: real-time studies in the coastal ocean using advanced underwater instrumentation; biological and geological processes at deep-sea hydrothermal vents; remote sensing and ocean modeling; advanced underwater optics and fish behavior; biodiversity and marine molecular biology; coastal geomorphology; organism-sediment interactions; cycling of organic and inorganic materials in the ocean; watershed ecosystems.
The Marine and Coastal Systems master programme (MaCS) integrates knowledge using an interdisciplinary approach. It focuses on the study of processes operating within the coastal and marine systems, subject to complex geological, physical, chemical, biological and social forcings.
The degree programme, MSc in Hydropower Development, known as the HPD programme, is a two-year long international Master’s programme in hydropower planning.
The MSc programme in Water and Environment enables you to work professionally with the sustainable use and management of the world's freshwater resources. The programme takes place in China in the House of the Danish Industry Foundation located at the Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences in Huairou District, near Beijing.