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Hydropedology & Wetland Functioning (Facilitator – Dr. Johan van der Waals)
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Hydropedology & Wetland Functioning (Facilitator – Dr. Johan van der Waals)

  • 00m 00s
  • 1 CPD Point

SERVICE PROVIDER: Dr. Johan van der Waals & WATER BUSINESS ACADEMY (WBA)
COURSE DURATION: 1 DAY
CPD ACCREDITATION (ECSA & SACNASP): 1 CPD Point

BACKGROUND
Hydropedology is a young science that integrates hydrological understanding of soils and hillslopes with soil morphology interpretation and contextualisation to yield a valuable hydrological prediction tool. In this case, hydropedology will focus on soil morphology and classification, interpretation of soil physical parameters for the understanding and prediction of water flow and retention dynamics, and the integration of soil classification (pedology) with the understanding and prediction of hillslope and soil processes influencing the expression of wetlands and watercourses (flow regime), water quality, and developmental impacts.

OBJECTIVES
The main objective of the short course on hydropedology and wetland functioning is to improve ‘water resource management’ in various landscape and development settings’ and to apply knowledge as well as implement preventative, mitigation and management programmes in an integrated manner.
The specific objectives of this short course are;

  • To contextualise and understand soil morphological characteristics as indicative of and determining water flow and water quality dynamics in various geological, climate, topography and developmental settings.
  • To integrate hydrological drivers of landscape water dynamics with the prediction tools provided by soil classification, soil physics and soil chemistry in order to plan and manage water resource management a range of landscapes.

SHORT COURSE CONTENT

  • What is soil classification and morphology interpretation? Specific emphasis is placed on the classification process, classification systems, identification of morphological properties and diagnostic criteria and geographic representation.
  • What is land type data and how is this data interpreted to provide context to soil physical, chemical and hydrological contextualisation of hydrological processes in the landscape?
  • What are the main soil physical determinants of water dynamics in soils and weathered materials? Emphasis is placed on soil physics background and interpretation as well as various soil hydrological tools.
  • What is hydropedology and how do we integrate various disciplines to yield suitable prediction and contextualisation tools? Emphasis is placed on the understanding, contextualisation and integration of various sources of information and data to yield useful interpretation tools.
  • What are the applications of hydropedology data sets and where do these applications feature in administrative planning and compliance processes?

TARGET AUDIENCE
This short course is intended for practitioners (i.e. professionals) with minimum 3 years’ experience including;

  • Water Resource Practitioners & Managers (eg. Engineering and Environmental staff that are associated with the mining and related consulting industries).
  • Staff of Governmental Departments (eg. Department of Water and Sanitation, Department of Environmental Affairs etc.).
  • Practitioners that are qualified in associated / related disciplines.

DELIVERY MODES
A hybrid / blended approach to offering the short learning programmes of WBA will be implemented. Theoretical and selected practical / case study modules will be offered either through contact training sessions and / or by means of virtual on-line sessions.
Water Business College (WBC) will apply the latest technology and software (where applicable) to effectively / optimally deliver the knowledge and practical modules.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
A recognised Bachelor’s Degree at NQF Level 7 or above in an appropriate / relevant physical scientific discipline.

RECOGNITION of PRIOR LEARNING (RPL):
The provider recognises and will meet the national requirements for RPL. RPL applications will be assessed for the following:

  • An applicant’s informal learning or non-accredited formal studies are assessed as being equivalent to the prerequisite qualification.
  • Work experience; a minimum of 3 years’ experience within the industry in conjunction with the academic record of the candidate.
  • The implementation of advanced standing in instances where the candidate does not meet the minimum entry requirements.
  • Relevant modules / short courses that have been successfully completed at other accredited Higher Education Institutions where the modules / short courses are equivalent in content and standard.

CONTACT DETAILS
Short Course Facilitator: Dr. Johan van der Waals
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The main objective of this short course is to improve ‘water resource management’ in various landscape and development settings’ and to apply knowledge as well as implement preventative, mitigation and management programmes in an integrated manner.

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