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 University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) offers graduate programs leading to the degrees of Master of Science (M.S.) in the Marine- Estuarine-Environmental Sciences (MEES). The mission of the MEES Program is to train graduate students in the overall environmental sciences. There is a clear need for scientists with training in this area, given the multitude of environmental problems faced by society today. The interests of students in the program are diverse, but generally center on some aspect of the interaction between biological and physical or chemical systems. The analysis of this interaction may be anything from a study of molecular mechanisms to an assessment of the economics of an environmental impact. To ensure that all students in the program have some understanding of the breadth of information in the field of environmental sciences, each student is required to have course work in a variety of areas.
Land and water managers are responsible for the sustainable use of these precious resources and their preservation for future generations. They use an integrated approach in which processes and interactions in natural and human-made land and water systems are identified, and appropriate management plans are formulated and implemented.
The Master of Science Environment & Geography is an integrative graduate program option for those interested in furthering their academic training in the areas of environmental sciences, including physical geography. The Department of Environment and Geography is one of the most dynamic and eclectic research units at the University of Manitoba. The focus of the graduate program is innovative scholarship that contributes meaningfully to our understanding of how we interact with and can influence the world around us. As a department, we strive to be recognized regionally, nationally, and internationally as a centre for excellence in teaching, research and outreach and in integrating physical, biological and human environmental knowledge. This is reflected in our commitment to graduate students and the successes they continue to achieve.
This programme, taught by members of the School of Geography's Earth Surface Science research theme, offers you the opportunity to investigate a theme or issue within our specialisms in environmental sciences, but with the opportunity to shape the project to suit your own interests. Unlike most MSc degrees, you design much of the programme in partnership with our teaching staff, meaning that much of your tuition will be on a one-to-one basis, typically also in collaboration with external organisations.
New Mexico faces serious challenges concerning the supply, development, quality, management, and administration of water resources; responses to the challenges will have major impacts on the regional economy, environmental quality, and the quality of life for the residents of New Mexico. A major need exists to train the next generation of water resource researchers, educators, and managers to address these challenges, both inside and outside New Mexico.
The application of Geographic Information Science (GIS) to the management of built and natural environments is an area of ever increasing demand. GIS involves the acquisition, visualisation and analysis of geographical data, including ecological systems, landforms, soils, land use, economic activity and population. When applied to environmental management, it offers a powerful tool for understanding environmental processes, resolving problems, and strategic planning.