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Management Issues and Strategies

Dams and reservoirs

  • Examine the hydrological changes resulting from the construction of dams and reservoirs.
  • Examine the costs and benefits of dams and reservoirs as part of multi-purpose schemes.

Floodplain management

  • Explain the stream channel processes (erosion, transport, deposition) and explain the resultant landforms found on floodplains.
  • Examine the human modifications of a floodplain and their effect on the size and probability of floods.
  • Evaluate the costs and benefits of alternative stream management strategies.

Groundwater management

  • Explain the functioning and management of artesian basins and aquifers, distinguishing between natural and artificial recharge.
  • Examine the environmental impacts of groundwater abstraction.

Freshwater wetland management

  • Describe the role of wetlands as a water resource.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the management strategies that have been adopted in a major wetland.

Irrigation and agriculture

  • Examine the environmental impact of agriculture and irrigation on water quality: salinization, agro-chemical run-off, the pollution of groundwater and the eutrophication of lakes, rivers and wetlands.
 

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