LDD-10306 Land Degradation and Soil and Water Conservation


Studiepunten 6.00

More days excursion40
Practical extensively supervised12
Practical intensively supervised28
Course coordinator(s)dr. SM Visser
dr. ir. MJPM Riksen
Lecturer(s)EC Slingerland
dr. ir. CA Kessler
PD Peters
dr. ir. J de Graaff
dr. ir. WB Hoogmoed
dr. ir. CL Beek
Examiner(s)EC Slingerland
prof. dr. ir. L Stroosnijder

Language of instruction:


Continuation courses:

LDD-20306 Land and Water Engineering; IWE-21312 Design in Land and Water Management 2


Land Degradation and Soil and Water Conservation (LDD-10306) is an introductory BSc course which gives a general overview of this science field. Lecture topics are 1) Land Degradation; 2) Desertification; 3) Erosion types; 4) Erosion processes; 5) Erosion models; 6) Erosion measurements; 7) Land Management; 8) (LM) through erosion control; 9) LM through Water Conservation; 10) LM through Tillage; 11) LM through Nutrient Management; 11) LM through Conservation Agriculture and 12) LM through Agroforestry.
Practicals comprise the hands-on handling of survey and assessment techniques and erosion measurements in the field and computer practical with the WOCAT database and the MONQI program. An excursion to an equipment factory is part of the practical.
Excursion to Tunisia and Morocco: during the 10-days excursion various national government institutes, erosion control and irrigation projects will be visited. Non-BIL students may get an alternative assignment.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- master basic knowledge of a variety of land degradation processes, in particular water and wind erosion processes;
- master the principles of soil and water conservation;
- quantify some forms of erosion with simple measurements in the laboratory and in the field;
- handle simple equipment used in the assessment of erosion processes;
- quantify some forms of erosion with simple wind and water erosion models;
- recognize erosion features in the field (Netherlands and Tunisia or Morocco);
- understand conflicting interests in soil and water conservation between various stakeholders.


Lectures, intensive practical and excursion to Tunisia or Morocco.


The final mark for the course LDD-10306 is a weighted average of the mark for the practical work (1/3) and the mark for the written exam (2/3). The marks for both components needs to be >5.5. Students will only receive their final mark after successful participation in the excursion or after handling in an alternative essay assignment.


Book: Soil Erosion & Conservation; Third Edition, 2005. Morgan, R.P.C. Longman (WUR-shop, Forum). Practical guide: Handed out during preparation meeting.
Excursion guide: Handed out during preparation meeting.

Verplicht voor: BILInternational Land and Water ManagementBSc1AF
Verplicht voor: WUILWBSc Minor International Land and Water Management1AF