General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title The Management Of Aquatic Ecosystems
Language English
Module lecturer prof. UAM dr hab. Katarzyna Kowalczewska-Madura, prof. UAM dr hab. Piotr Klimaszyk, prof. UAM dr hab. Renata Dondajewska-Pielka
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position Profesor UAM
Faculty Faculty of Biology
Semester 2024/2025 (summer)
Duration 30


15h lecture; 15 h practical classes

Module aim (aims)

The main aim of the course is to familiarize students with the global water resources and its sustainable management.Transfer of knowledge about the role of forest, agricultural and fisheries management as well as irrigation processes in the transformation of water systems.Familiarisation with the topics of high river water levels, floods and flood protection.Provision of information on the protection of the quantity and quality of water resources and posibilities of water retention.Society water reqiurement and possibility of water supply.Dam reservoirs and hydropower plants : Functioning and impact on riverine water quallity and biocoenoses.Inland shipping- environmental profits and losses.Water in urban environments: needs and management.Human impact of catchments: effects and and preventive methods.Develop of the skills of communication and cooperation.

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


Week 1: Global water system

Week 2: Watershed management – the influence of forestry and agriculture

Week 3: Watershed management – aquaculture and irrigation

Week 4: Water quality, its retention and human water demands

Week 5: Water on the verge of economy and ecology: hydropower plants and water damming

Week 6: River management: water transport and floods

Reading list

1. James W. LaMoreaux: Sustainable Water Resources Management, Springer, 20172.

2. Joseph Holden: Water Resources: An Integrated Approach, CRC Press, 20133.

3. Maciej Zalewski , Iwona Wagner-Lotkowska: Integrated Watershed Management-Ecohydrology & Phytotechnology - Manual, UNESCO, 2004