The initiative of Joint European Erasmus Mundus Master in ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT, Curriculum Water and Coastal Management (WACOMA) from the University of Bologna has a central focus that integrating the multidisciplinary aquatic, environmental and marine sciences into an advanced teaching program, while promoting an exchange of informations with a direct involvement of the coastal end users and stakeholders.
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The diversity and complexity of these freshwater and coastal systems requires a broad academic platform for an effective integration between the institutions representing different ecosystems scenarios and management cultures.

The initiative of Joint European Erasmus Mundus Master in ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT, Curriculum Water and Coastal Management (WACOMA) has a central focus that integrating the multidisciplinary aquatic, environmental and marine sciences into an advanced teaching program, while promoting an exchange of informations with a direct involvement of the coastal end users and stakeholders.

Like all interface systems, fresh water and marine environments are highly complex and dynamic. Therefore their management must be implemented through a strategic integration of the series of different technical items. A successful future manager/investor/advisor like our prospective Erasmus Mundus Master students, need to gain the knowledge of these technical items and to dominate an efficient method leading to their integration within one formal system.

The course objective is to train managers and scientists for Water and Coastal Zone Management, with a solid knowledge of environmental and legal instruments.

The course draws on EU research projects and case studies, as well as laboratory experiments and field trips. The program includes experience in modern practical, analytical and numerical methods applicable to water and coastal management. Students are trained in both the collection and analysis of data and the transformation of data into information.

The training includes solving practical management problems of catchments, wetlands, coasts, Ports and in general freshwater and marine areas as well as the comparison of alternate solutions. The students use methods and decision support systems, such as DPSIR, that are relevant to the planning and management of freshwater and marine zone problems. Graduates are encouraged to form a network of peers through an alumni society that will move to become a European professional and accreditation association.

Directed to this international program, a consortium have been formed. The proposing consortium is an association of several European and non-European Country academic institutions, representing a wide spectrum of complementary scientific knowledge and of well studied, diverse fresh water and marine sites.

‘WACOMA’ is a 2 years programme running over three periods: first semester at University of Bologna - Ravenna Campus by means of core modules, second semester at University of Cádiz conducting optional modules and third period during the second year at any of the HEIs of the consortium or Associated Members. Students will have to complete 120 ECTS (30 + 30 + 60) to be awarded the Master WACOMA.

Programme Structure

Courses Include:
The Hydrological Cycle and Climate Change
This course aims to develop a quantitative understanding of components of the hydrological cycle and how these components are measured or calculated and influence each other. In order to understand how climate changes may affect processes of water pollution, the course will provide the students with an understanding of the driving forces of surface and ground water flow and of the quantities of water involved. The students will also gain knowledge about the interaction between surface- and groundwater flow, which is the basis to understand the transport of pollutants and other chemical components with groundwater and surface waters by means of advection, diffusion and dispersion. The students will also approach the physics of the equilibrium between salt and fresh water along the coast and the factors that influence salt water intrusion such as river encroachment or sea level rise.
Freshwater ecology and biomonitoring

The student will understand the relationship between biota and the abiotic factors in freshwater lotic and lentic ecosystems and gain knowledge of the main taxonomic and functional groups of freshwater organisms, skills in the sampling of freshwater organisms and in the identification of freshwater organisms at a basic level. The student will also understand the principles of the environmental quality assessment, using biological methods, including methods and indexes used within and outside EU. The course also aims at developing skills in the application of statistical multivariate methods to ecological datasets and in the application of bioassessment methods and result interpretation.

Planning and decision making in water basins and coastal systems

The students will understand planning and decision making with reference to water and coastal management. The students will also learn how to use scenarios techniques becoming acquainted with decision support systems (DSS).

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Academic Requirements

Application for EU Grants to be sent to the University of Cadiz through the WACOMA website following the appropriate instructions. Applications without grant: call opens in the following spring (see the website for updated information).

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • EUR 2559 International

Funding

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