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Hydrosystems

General description and objectives (September to December - level Master 2 )

Context : The management of water and aquatic environments imply both societal issues - with the preservation of resources in quantity and quality, or the fight against flooding-, and environmental issues  -with the protection, preservation and restoration of aquatic ecosystems, especially in the current context of climate change. 

In France, the management of water, aquatic environments and protection against floods (GEMAPI) is a competence of the intercommunities since 2014 (Decentralization Law). Several other countries have ambitious regulations, just as in Europe, where the Water Framework Directive of 2000 aims to achieve good ecological status for all surface, underground and coastal aquatic environments.

Objectives : This course targets surface and groundwater management in a natural environment including human activities, in all its dimensions: excess, lack and transport in order to stay generalist.Regulatory aspects applied in France and in Europe are addressed (e.g. the European Framework Directive). 

The objective of this semester of specialization is to train future actors in the management of water and aquatic environments by reinforcing their skills in hydrology, in forecasting extreme events, in the management of diffuse pollution, in the restoration of environments, and their knowledge of the regulations, the French and European actors, the stakes and the constraints related to this management. 

This course can be taught in English 

NB : A course more focused on the quantitative and qualitative management of groundwater resources is also possible and taught between ENGEES and EOST


Coordinators : Sylvain Weill and Corinne Grac

This specialization requires some knowledge of hydrochemistry, statistical hydrology, hydrology, hydrogeology, modeling, the water cycle, and scientific calculations.

You will be able to carry out tasks such as hydrological modelling, flood risk studies, land and river planning, research, diagnosis, definition of restoration actions, monitoring and evaluation of achievements, management of natural environments as well as the treatment of diffuse pollution in artificial wetlands and extensive treatment of domestic and industrial effluents.

You will be able to work in various structures such as inter-communalities, syndicates, study offices, managers of protected areas, water distributors, flood forecasting services, water agency, but also in other territorial communities or State services.

Teaching Units

Teaching UnitsDetailsECTSNumber of teaching hoursNumber of teaching hours (apprentices)
Surface water course
Territorial management of the environment and risks

- Know the institutional and economic instruments of public action to manage water 

- Understand the social, political and economic dimensions of extreme situations : floods, water shortages and conflicts of use 

- Understand, through foresight, what technical choices about water say about societal choices, and conversely, understand the links between scientific rigor and political pragmatism

65252
Management of Flooding Risks and 2D Urban Stream Flood ModellingThis UE deals with regulatory approaches to risk management and advanced flood modelling tools (2D approach)33730
Erosion and Solid Matter Transport

The objective of this course is to provide the knowledge necessary to understand and manage solid transport phenomena in plain and mountainous areas.

Management of contaminant transfer 

- Understanding: interaction between microbiological, chemical and hydrological processes during contaminant transfer 

- Acquire basic knowledge: observe and characterize contaminant transfer

- Understand and use modern analytical approaches: evaluate and predict contaminant transfer and degradation

33636
Management of aquatic natural environmentsThe objective of this course is to propose, carry out and evaluate actions for the protection, restoration and management of natural aquatic environments in order to achieve the European objectives of good ecological status; this course is based on the knowledge acquired in ecological engineering including the tools of ecological diagnosis. Teaching and practical application within the framework of a visit and a restoration project, plus a visit and a seminar on dams (EDF intervention)34545
Ecological engineering

The objective of this course is to present the concepts, methods and mathematical models for optimizing the ecosystem services of aquatic environments for the restoration of watercourses, the treatment of diffuse pollution in artificial wetlands and the extensive treatment of domestic and industrial effluents.

Specific objectives: 

- To approach the notion of ecosystem services 

- To raise awareness of the concept of ecological engineering

- To approach the technical aspects of ecological engineering (natural environment, diffuse pollution, tertiary treatment) and the solutions provided by nature for stormwater management.

- Understand extensive wastewater treatment, diffuse pollution treatment, ecosystem services and ecological engineering

- Ability to identify the ecosystem services associated with aquatic environments 

- Identify techniques to be implemented in a case study 

- Evaluate the scope of the techniques to be applied

33030
Ingénierie écologique

 The tutored project is a group work (3 students per team) carried out by 3rd year student-engineers that responds to a professional problem of a company or community on a wide variety of subjects. A teacher-researcher supervises the students' work to guarantee the scientific validity of the project. The project is monitored jointly by the company and the school.

An agreement signed between the company/community and the school frames the scheme.

Skills :

- Implement and deepen your skills in a professional context in group work 

- Work on a project to understand and respond to a business need 

- Project management: identification of deliverables, tasks, blocking points, management of project progress

- Become aware of innovation

3120 
Groundwater course

Territorial management of the environment and risks

- Know the institutional and economic instruments of public action to manage water 

- Understand the social, political and economic dimensions of extreme situations: floods, water shortages and conflicts of use 

- Understand, through foresight, what technical choices about water say about societal choices, and conversely, understand the links between scientific rigor and political pragmatism

65252
Erosion and Solid Matter TransportThe objective of this course is to provide the knowledge necessary for the understanding and management of solid transport phenomena in plain and mountainous areas.32222
Contaminant Transport in Hydrosystems

- Understand: interaction between microbiological, chemical and hydrological processes in the transfer of contaminants 

- Acquire a basic understanding: observe and characterize contaminant transfer

- Understand and use modern analytical approaches: evaluate and predict contaminant transfer and degradation

33636
Soil multiphase transfer/2//
Geochemical tools and methods/2//
Numerical methods and tools/2//
Mineral reactions in porous media/2//