Summer School: Approaches in sustainable reservoir planning

June 21, 2005.  


Engineering Graduate School Environment Water (EGW) short Course

Approaches in sustainable reservoir planning and operation


September 19 – 28, 2005

Darmstadt, Germany

organized by


Application and Registration

The course is directed to M.Sc. or Ph.D. students and young professionals from water management in particular from developing countries. Other disciplinary backgrounds are welcome, basic knowledge on large dams is presumed.


Number of participants: min. 10 – max. 22.

Applicants should send a short CV and motivation via e-mail before AUGUST 5, 2005 to

After receiving confirmation of participation web registration and payment of fees is required.


Course fee

Dependant on number of participants:

Non-members: 300 – 500 €

IAHR-members: 200 – 400 €

University staff: 200 – 400 €

EGW members: 150 – 250 €

Students: 150 – 250 €

Fee covers lectures, lecture notes, coffees and

bus travel during field trip.



Ms Elke Petersson

TU Darmstadt

Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies of


Hochschulstrasse 1

D-64293 Darmstadt


Phone: 0049-6151-164064

Fax: 0049-6151-166752



Course Directors/Lecturers

Dr.-Ing. Manfred Ostrowski is a professor of Civil Engineering at Darmstadt University of Technology, Germany. He is specialised in Hydrology and Water Resources Management. His major research areas are mathematical modelling and development of computer based decision support systems in the water sector. He has longterm experience on planning and operation of reservoir systems in Germany, Europe and Africa.

Dr.-Ing. Hubert Lohr is a professional consulting engineer in Civil Engineering. He is an expert in model based water resources planning and management, working with various water associations in Germany. N.N.: The lectures will be held by international experts from science and consulting. They will be announced on the website as soon as their participation is confirmed.



After successful completion of a short exam at the end of the lectures participants will receive a certificate equivalent to 2 ECTS credits for 27 hours of lecture, 8 hours of practice sessions and 16 hours of excursion.


The Engineering Graduate School

The Engineering Graduate School Environment Water of IAHR (International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research) is a network of several institutions which offer courses at a high academic level on water/environment related fields. The courses are directed to graduate students, postgraduates and professionals. For academic recognition, the European credit point system ECTS and an appropriate quality control are applied.


WEEKEND Monday 26.9 Tuesday 27.9 Wednesday 28.9

Conflicts about Large Dam Projects


• Introductory session

• Case study Catania, Italy

• Large dams: pros and cons

• Discussion


Decision Support and Modelling


• Structure of decision support systems

• The role of mathematical models

• Assessment schemes

• Case studies


Environmental and Social Aspects


• Environmental system analysis

• Social system analysis

• Practice sessions



Economic Aspects and MCDA


• Economic System Analysis

• Multi criteria decision analysis (MCDA)

• Practice sessions


Synopsis and Exam


• Large dams – a complex system

• Guidelines for integrated planning

• Short exam

• Course evaluation

Monday 19.9 Tuesday 20.9 Wednesday 21.9 Thursday 22.9 Friday 23.9

Course Description

Large dam projects are closely related to their natural environment, to human society and its economic activities. From past experience the need for an integrated assessment of project options with regard to these complex feedbacks became evident. While agreement exists on the necessity, implementation is challenging. Besides disciplinary knowledge a sufficient understanding of the overall system is required to facilitate integration of conflicting stakeholder interests, scientific disciplines, temporal and spatial scales, complexity, uncertainty etc. The course, offering both lectures and tutorials by international experts, is designed to prepare students for these planning requirements. Based on an elaboration of the benefits and the conflict potential of large dam projects firstly, capabilities and limitations of decision support and simulation tools in the integrated options assessment of large dam projects will be presented. Secondly, the technical, economic, social and environmental sub-systems of large dam projects will be analysed and methodological approaches used for performance analysis such as simulation, modelling, prognosis, interviews or data collection. Finally, lectures on the integrated and comparative assessment of project options will join these two threads. Besides Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis, a formal methodological approach, a synopsis of the lectures given will be developed, to serve students as guideline in applications.


A two day field trip will provide insight into the operation of two reservoir systems in the north-west of Germany. Focus will be on continuous adaptations aiming at the sustainable development of the reservoir systems.

Weekend Programme


• Local day trips will be offered


Field Trip – Day 1

• Travel to North Rhine-Westphalia

• Visit of the Water Association Eifel-Rur

• Visit of the Rur reservoir system

Field Trip – Day 2

• Transfer to Water Association Ruhr

• Visit of the reservoir control centre

• Visit of the Ruhr reservoir system

• Farewell dinner

End of Course – Departure

• Transfer to Darmstadt

• End of course at lunchtime


Course Programme


Günther Manske

Dr. Günther Manske