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Adaptation to Water Scarcity

Gain the practical skills and essential knowledge to help tackle, and adapt to, the growing threat of water scarcity.

A wide shot if a human hand cupped to catch the fresh water from the lake, sunlight from sunset passing through the transparence of the water surrounded by ice mountains.
  • Duration

    4 weeks
  • Weekly study

    6 hours

Develop your knowledge of water resources management

Water is essential for human health, socio-economic development, and the provision of long-term environmental services. However, it is estimated that two-thirds of the world’s population may face water shortages by 2025.

On this four-week course, you’ll learn the best practices for mitigating and adapting to water scarcity. You’ll gain practical insights and vital knowledge of water resources management and innovative water-saving solutions.

You’ll also discover recommendations for water professionals in a range of industries including manufacturing, agri-food, and water utilities.

Understand water reuse and wastewater treatment

Through interactive materials, you’ll be introduced to the use of reclaimed water in agriculture.

To develop your knowledge, you’ll dive into the economics of water reuse, review wastewater treatment, and gain an understanding of the EU regulation on water reuse.

Unpack nature-based solutions and stormwater management

Natural processes have been disrupted by urbanisation and man-made water systems. As a result, water has been forced into the economically unsustainable linear model of “take-make-consume-dispose”.

On the course, you’ll learn how nature-based solutions can sustainably address these challenges. You’ll explore different types of nature-based solutions to understand how to integrate them into urban water management.

Explore water efficiency in manufacturing industries

Finally, you’ll delve into how manufacturing industries can improve their water efficiency. You’ll look at techniques such as adaptive management, digital and circular water use innovations, and water conservation.

By the end of the course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge to understand how to tackle the growing threat of water scarcity.

What topics will you cover?

  • Practical insights on the most relevant topics of water scarcity
  • Analysis of processes in the (urban) water management related to water scarcity
  • Overview of adequate technologies for water reclamation
  • Water saving in industry
  • Preliminary calculations for dimensioning these infrastructures
  • Practical recommendations for water resources managers

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Assess and evaluate processes in the (urban) water management related to water scarcity.
  • Describe water infrastructure that can alleviate water scarcity.
  • Perform preliminary calculations for dimensioning these infrastructures.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for water professionals, technologists and innovators from water authorities, policymakers, innovation startups and NGOs, and anyone interested in gaining more knowledge of water management.

Who will you learn with?

Who developed the course?

EIT Food

EIT Food is Europe’s leading food initiative, working to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted.

Learning on FutureLearn

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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