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Scheda Riassuntiva
Anno Accademico 2017/2018
Scuola Scuola di Ingegneria Civile, Ambientale e Territoriale
Insegnamento 095854 - WATER AND FOOD SECURITY
Docente Rulli Maria Cristina
Cfu 8.00 Tipo insegnamento Monodisciplinare

Corso di Studi Codice Piano di Studio preventivamente approvato Da (compreso) A (escluso) Insegnamento
Ing - Civ (Mag.)(ord. 270) - CO (439) ENVIRONMENTAL AND GEOMATIC ENGINEERING*AZZZZ052228 - WATER AND FOOD SECURITY
Ing - Civ (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (440) INGEGNERIA PER L'AMBIENTE E IL TERRITORIO*AZZZZ095854 - WATER AND FOOD SECURITY
Ing - Civ (Mag.)(ord. 270) - MI (489) INGEGNERIA PER L'AMBIENTE E IL TERRITORIO - ENVIRONMENTAL AND LAND PLANNING ENGINEERING*AZZZZ095854 - WATER AND FOOD SECURITY
099461 - WATER AND FOOD SECURITY FOR ENG4SD

Programma dettagliato e risultati di apprendimento attesi

Water and Food Security

Maria Cristina Rulli

8 CFU

This course is aimed to analyze  the constraints and challenges of ensuring an adequate supply of water and food in the face of changes in the environmental forcings, human population dimension and habits and energy policies.

Program:

The hydrological cycle

The hydrological balance

Water Functions in the life support system-Water availability –Water resource estimates

Human Water Requirements-Household and industrial water needs-Water use vs consumptive water use-Water requirements for food production

Water security and food security definition

The paradigm of water scarcity-Physical vs economic water scarcity

The virtual water concept-virtual water trade

The water footprint -Green water-Blue water-Grey water

Water Perspectives on Feeding Humanity- Additional water requirements to feed humanity by 2050-yield gap closure

Rainfed agriculture vs Irrigated agriculture-evaluation of cropwater requirement- Analysis of water stress on crop growth.

Irrigation plants-design

Water harvesting strategies

Finding the Balance between Water for Humans and for Nature

Land sparing vs Land sharing

Impacts of Intensive agriculture- Soil erosion- Land degradation-Deforestation

Large scale land acquisition (LSLA)- Overview of the issue-Land grabbing-Water acquisition associated to LSLA- Effects on water resources- Effect on Food Security

Climate change- Overview of the concept of climate change- Climate change effects on agriculture and food security

Food waste issue-The food waste in developed and in developing countries-Food waste impact on food security

Effects of the environmental catastrophes on food security- Floods, hurricanes, droughts-Typhoon

The Food-Energy-Water nexus-water for food production-present diet-balanced diet-changing diet scenario

The Food-Energy-Water nexus-Water for Energy production: 1) Hydroelectric; 2) Biofuel; 3) Fracking; 4) Tar sands

The Food-Energy-Water nexus-Competition for water between food and energy

 

 

 

The course is delivered in English through lectures, seminars, practicals and case studies.

An examination is held at the end of the course. The exam format is either a written test and a coursework essay (oral presentation).


Note Sulla Modalità di valutazione

 

The exam will consist of 2 components: 

1) written test

2) oral test:  questions on the  topics of the course and presentation and discussion of an activity performed by the student independently or in team (2 people), in the context of the one of the issues studied during the course.


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Informazioni in lingua inglese a supporto dell'internazionalizzazione
Insegnamento erogato in lingua Inglese
Disponibilità di materiale didattico/slides in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di libri di testo/bibliografia in lingua inglese
Possibilità di sostenere l'esame in lingua inglese
Disponibilità di supporto didattico in lingua inglese

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