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Urban Stormwater Management in a Changing Climate



Full course description

Urbanisation affects the natural cycle of water and makes cities more vulnerable to flooding. These issues are especially important as ongoing and future climate changes may lead to more intense rainfall, longer dry periods, and increased temperatures. In this course, you will learn how a green stormwater infrastructure can help reduce a city’s vulnerability to flooding in the face of the climate crisis. 

What you will learn:

The course covers different types of stormwater control measures such as green roofs, detention ponds, swales, and infiltration facilities. You'll explore their typical design, what the strong points and limitations are, and how they can be implemented in urban areas.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Explain how urbanization affects the pathways of water.
  • Describe the effects of climate change on rainfall patterns and the urban hydrologic cycle.
  • Compare and describe different stormwater control measures.
  • Explain the contribution of stormwater control measure to urban climate adaptation.
  • Reflect on the importance of stormwater in the urban planning process.

Who is this course for?

This course is designed for those who haven't worked with stormwater management and climate adaptation before but you either encounter these issues in your work or you have a general interest in climate change.

You could be a professional in urban planning or property development, or a student with an interest in climate-related challenges.

How does it work?

You only need a computer or other device and internet connection to be able to do the course. When you register, you will get access to the course material, which consists of, for example, videos, texts, quizzes and exercises.


Start date:
Study time in hours:
12 h
Course format:
Certificate: Yes

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