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Applied Hydrogeography

Code: 74596
ECTS: 5.0
Lecturers in charge: izv. prof. dr. sc. Ivan Čanjevac
Lecturers: Ivan Martinić , mag. geogr. - Practicum
Take exam: Studomat
English level:


All teaching activities will be held in Croatian. However, foreign students in mixed groups will have the opportunity to attend additional office hours with the lecturer and teaching assistants in English to help master the course materials. Additionally, the lecturer will refer foreign students to the corresponding literature in English, as well as give them the possibility of taking the associated exams in English.

1. komponenta

Lecture typeTotal
Lectures 30
Practicum 30
* Load is given in academic hour (1 academic hour = 45 minutes)
Objectives of the course:
The aim of the course is to understand the role of water resources in spatial systems, especially as a key element of sustainable development. In a philosophical sense, the goal is a deeper development of awareness of water as a strategic resource of the 21st century. The practical goal is training for independent hydrogeographic analysis of an area.

Expected learning outcomes at subject level:
Understanding the place and role of applied hydrogeography in the constitution of water science.
Knowledge of water as a natural geographical element and its role in geosystems.
Knowledge of the cause-and-effect relationships between water and society.
Ability to independently collect and interpret hydrological data.
Abilities and skills related to independent processing of hydrological data and creation of graphic and cartographic representations of processing results.
The ability to interpret the need to preserve water resources and to discuss the preservation of the legal principle of water as a common good, while respecting the principle of fair distribution of water resources.
Understanding the principles of sustainable development and knowing the key role of water resources in sustainable development.

Course content:
1. Applied hydrogeography - definition, tasks, concepts.
2. Historical-geographic overview of the social role of water resources.
3. Water needs, available quantities and consumption of water.
4. Population water supply: needs, consumption structure, consumption planning.
5. Water intakes, water treatment, protection of water intakes.
6. Examples of problems and solutions to water supply problems in settlements.
7. Irrigation: needs, different systems and consumption.
8. Examples of problems and solutions to irrigation problems.
9. Water as an energy source.
10. Critic approach to hydroelectric power plants; examples.
11. and 12. Water pollution; types, sources, protection.
13. The valley as a living space; hydrotechnical works and facilities on rivers.
14. Renaturalization of rivers. Preservation of wet biotopes.
15. Water as a key element of sustainable development.
1 Characteristics of hydrological time-series, interpolation, homogeneity tests.
2. Analyzes of flow trends.
3. Analyzes of flow variations.
4. Hydrogram analysis.
5. Flow regimes, typology.
6. Cluster analysis in regime typology - the example of Croatia.
7. Creation of thematic maps in hydrogeography.
Preparation of one written seminar paper on a given hydrogeographic topic; with consultation.
  1. Žugaj, R. (2000.): Hidrologija. Seučilište u Zagrebu, RGN, Zagreb, 407 str. - odabrani dijelovi
  2. Dukić, D. (1984.): Hidrologija kopna. Naučna knjiga, Beograd, 498 str.
  3. Bonacci, O. (2003.): Ekohidrologija vodnih resursa i otvorenih vodotoka. Građevinsko-arhitektonski fakultet Sveučilišta u Splitu, IGH, Zagreb, 492 str. - odabrani dijelovi
  4. Znanstveni i stručni članci u relevantnim časopisima i internet stranicama.
2. semester
MODUL: GEOGRAFSKA ZAŠTITA OKOLIŠA - Regular study - Environmental Sciences
Consultations schedule: