The international master's program Tropical Hydrogeology and Environmental Engineering (TropHEE) aims at training students with a background in geosciences or civil engineering to approach and help solving specific water issues of subtropical and tropical regions. Special focus is put on arid regions with strong water scarcity, but emphasis is also placed on water and soil quality problems within growing mega-cities with dense population and industrial areas. Engineering is taught from a geoscientific perspective, e.g. awareness of local geology and regional water fluxes, biogeochemical cycles, or long-term hydrology of fossil groundwater resources etc.

Hydrogeology deals with the presence, flow, and chemical properties of groundwater, including interactions with surface water, soils, and rocks. Beside lectures pointing out the practical relevance of e.g. exploration, exploitation, treatment, management and protection of groundwater, modern techniques in groundwater management are included, such as modelling of groundwater flow, contaminant transport, and geochemical reactions, as well as isotopes and tracer hydrology.

Environmental Management and Engineering addresses geoscientific aspects in land planning and engineering. TropHEE places emphasis on the management of urban areas. The integration of large data sets of highly different nature becomes necessary, and hence the use of Geo Information Systems (GIS) and geostatistical methods are introduced. The use of GIS supports complex analysis and decision-making in order to define scenarios for sustainable development. Other topics covered in lectures and practical exercises include remote sensing techniques, construction of safe waste deposits, and techniques for remediation of contaminated groundwater and soil decontamination.

The course comprises compulsory modules and elective modules:

Compulsory Modules (CM1 – CM3): Compulsory modules include a field trip to a semiarid region (CM1) to study geosciences and water management issues in regions with scarce water resources, a project seminar (CM2) to foster interdisciplinarity and teamwork skills, and the Scientific Training (CM3).

Basic Modules (BM1 – BM5, elective): The lectures of the Basic Modules cover essential geoscientific knowledge and methods for a water- and environment-related education in Applied Geosciences. They are held in preparation of the contents in the Special Modules. The students decide on their choice of Basic Modules in an orientation meeting with the student advisor, under consideration of their previous knowledge in geosciences.

Special Modules (SM1 – SM12, elective): Objective of the Special Modules is to deepen the scientific and methodological knowledge of the students, with focus on the specific conditions of the target region of this course. This should enable the students to develop and apply problem solving strategies and methods. Special focus is given to problem-oriented application and further development of the knowledge obtained in the course.

If you want to check the content of individual modules please refer to the respective entry in the Module Handbook.