SLM-31306 Fundamentals of Land Management


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Course coordinator(s)dr. JEM Schild
Lecturer(s)PD Peters
dr. V Geissen
MC Commelin
dr. ir. JC van Dam
D Moore
dr. X Yang
dr. Huerta Lwanga
ing. HPA Gooren
dr. JEM Schild
dr. JEM Baartman
dr. ir. K Metselaar
Examiner(s)dr. ir. MJ van der Ploeg

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

SLM-30806 Land degradation and Development.


Scientific research is essential for advancing our knowledge on biophysical and socioeconomic factors leading to land degradation or land restoration, and designing sustainable land use and management strategies. This course provides students the tools for doing land management research themselves. It gives students state-of-the-art scientific insights that deal with the fundamentals of land management and the physical environment; i.e. the interacting systems of hydrology, climate, soils and sediments on various temporal and spatial scales. Furthermore, students in this course will learn how to integrate biophysical and socioeconomic data, and apply this in fundamental research and the use of models.
During the first weeks the course focuses on scientific research and practical applications related to the biophysical environment (climate, hydrology, geology, soils chemistry, soil physics and biological aspects of crops). All these factors determine available land management options and their final sustainable impact on soil and water resources, with fundamental research playing a crucial role. During these weeks methodologies for physical research will be explained and practiced. In the following weeks students will investigate the threats to sustainable land management, their biophysical and socio-economic processes involved. With the emphasis on the fundamentals of land management research and the inclusion of presentations by researchers from the SLM group, by the end of the course students will be equipped for any research project on either biophysical or socioeconomic aspects of land management.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain processes governing degradation processes and research needed to counteract negative physical as well as human impacts;
- explain how physical and socio-economic aspects interact with each other and how these can be researched in an integrated way;
- analyse and formulate how research contributes to sustainable land management;
- apply the concepts and evaluate the difficulties of scaling and mapping in both physical as well as socio-economic research;
- select and apply tools and methods for land management analysis and improvement.


- attendance of lectures, discussion and exercises in the class;
- studying lecture notes and journal articles;
- group work


- reports of the group work (100%).


Journal papers and practical guide.

Compulsory for: MILInternational Land and Water ManagementMScA: Sustainable Land Management5MO
Restricted Optional for: MILInternational Land and Water ManagementMScD: Flexible Configurations for Innovative Minds