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Designing Urban Futures - new elective for IWC students

A new module will be offered in IWC Integrated Water Management programs in 2011 to meet growing needs for innovative urban water management.

Urbanisation has profound influences on cities that cause changes in the surrounding climate, including increased temperatures (Urban Heat Island). As a consequence,  urbanisation is linked to hazards such as poor air quality and heat related illnesses. In addition, urbanisation also reduces soil moisture, modifies waterway form and ecology, and reduces vegetation cover.  

The aim of this unit is to provide an understanding of the physical processes underlying these changes, and examine potential solutions through the development and application of an integrated, sustainable cities approach including the concept of a water sensitive city. 

Emphasis is placed on practical, theoretical, observational, analytical and modelling skills developed through a range of lectures, practicals and project work.


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