Watershed Management Lecture No. # 01 Introduction to Watershed Management Namaste and welcome to the video course on watershed Management. I am T. I. Eldho, a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay, – Mumbai – India. My area specialization is water resources and environmental engineering. (Refer Slide Time: 00:37) The scope of the video course on watershed management. The main scope is to discuss various aspects of watershed and its management, so, in a holistic way. So, in that way, this course will be discussed in a fashion, which is say so-called integrated watershed management approach. So, we will be discussing the various aspects or the various resources in a watershed in a holistic way. So, a watershed is an ideal unit for multi disciplinary planning and management of land, water resources, so that the various management practices ensure continuous benefits in
a sustainable way. So, this watershed is a geographical area which we can delineate as per the topography, and that is the basis of the various management practices of the water, land and other resources in that area. So, when we talk about watershed managements, we will be discussing in the perspective of sustainable management. Sustainable management means all the resources available in the watershed. We will be managing in a way that it will be useful for the present generation and the future generation. Hence, it is the management of all the resources within the watershed. (Refer Slide Time: 02:12) So, now, coming to the course objectives, the various course objectives are listed here to discuss various aspects of watershed development and management; so, that means the resources within the watershed, it is technological, social, ecological, environmental, sustainable, management issues in a holistic way. So, that is the main objective of this course. The main focus will be the various technical aspects of watershed management. The main emphasis will be on the perspectives on land and water management. So, we will be discussing the various complex issues within a watershed and analyze the issues, and we will be discussing the specific knowledge related to various issues of the watershed, which we consider and its management in a holistic way.
(Refer Slide Time: 03:10) So, this course will be very useful to the under graduates and post graduate students who will be taking watershed management as a course, and water resource engineers, who will be dealing with the watershed and its management. This course will be also useful to various teachers who will be teaching the subject - watershed management, water resource, engineering, agriculture, water management, etcetera, and also it will be useful for non-government organizations, - NGOs - field engineers and practitioners. (Refer Slide Time: 04:07)
This course includes 10 modules and about 40 lectures and a number of field problems will be discussed in this course to illustrate the concept clearly. So, as I mentioned, there will be totally 10 modules in this course. The modules are listed here and the course will be having 40 lectures. So, the various modules which will be considered in this course include: first one - the introduction and basic concepts; about 3 lectures will be there in this module. Second module on sustainable watershed approach and watershed management practices; 4 lectures will be there in this module. Third module will be on integrated watershed management; 4 lectures will be there in this module. Fourth module will be on watershed modeling. The various aspects of the modeling of watershed related to watershed water rainfall to runoff and various issues. So, this module will be having about 7 lectures, and fifth module will be on social aspects of watershed management, which you will be having about 3 lectures. (Refer Slide Time: 05:18) And in the sixth module, we will be discussing about the use of modern techniques in watershed management. We will be discussing about the remote sensing techniques, geography information systems, then computer models, decision support system, etcetera, in this module and this module will be having 5 lectures. Seventh module will be on management of water quality and this module will be having 4 lectures. Eighth module will be on storm water and flood management.