819107 River engineering

Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Hauer, Christoph , Habersack, Helmut , Sindelar, Christine
Offered in
Wintersemester 2023/24
Languages of instruction


This course provides a general overview of water resources development strategies. Starting with the classical economic evaluation techniques like cost-benefit analysis, cost-effectiveness techniques. Growing sensitivity to ecological topics requires an extension of project assessment, including environmental aspects and therefore a framework is proposed which follows the US Principles and Standards for Water Resources and which is based on four objectives considering economic, regional, social and environmental objectives. Multi-attribute utility theory, methods with prior formulation of preferences, with iteratively defined preferences and without any preference structure are explained. Aspects of sustainable development and the implications for water resources are discussed. To specify sustainability three criteria referring to risk reduction, reversibility and equity principles are proposed. Experts from ministries and public services are invited to present their view of the existing planning tools at a methodological and legal basis in Austria.

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

The objective of this course is to provide an overview about assessment- and decision making techniques in water resources development. Due to the fact that water projects exhibit an extremely long lifetime and have also a broad scope of impacts it is obligatory to assess properly the whole set of impacts of water projects. The course is held towards the end of the study program an it tries to develop methodologies assisting in the integration of conflicting objectives like economic, social and environmental goals.
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