The earth’s climate is changing rapidly. The main water problems we have to deal with in society are pollution, flooding and shortages. This has major impact for both humans and animals. As a water manager you make sure all life on earth can deal with the effects of climate change on nature, the weather and agriculture.
Heavy rainfall and the melting of land ice, such as glaciers, means we now have to deal with flooding much more regularly. Draughts result in a lack of water. This has implications on food provisions, for the living environment for people, animals and organisms. The water may also be polluted, resulting in a shortage of drinking water. As a water manager you tackle these challenges. For example, you work on designing a natural dike, which is strong enough to prevent a breakthrough, and therefore flooding, as a result of your calculations. Or you make sure that people in poor areas can continue to grow their own food through special irrigation channels. As an water manager you develop coastal plans, allowing us to continue to live safely and enjoy recreational activities at the seafront.
Approximately 80% of the world’s population lives in a delta area by 2050. A delta area is an area where rivers and the sea come together and where the land is located in between the water. Coastal defences, urban development and water quality are of particular importance in these areas. As a water manager you develop technical solutions for an improved living environment, for both people and animals, both on land and in the water. You will be involved with water, urban development, ecology and technology. You learn all about water management and the impact the climate has on living environments
The HZ enjoys intensive working relationships with professionals in the water sector You will be working on practical assignments provided by companies or research institutes from the very first day of your study. This is incredibly important, as this will thoroughly prepare you for your career. You will be educated with the latest knowledge from the field and you learn how to effectively combine theory and practice.