Calculation of climate adaptation measures course

Rekenen aan klimaatadaptieve maatregelen

The Calculation of climate adaptation measures course is intended for project leaders and consultants who are looking for tools to determine the effectiveness of measures. It teaches you to schematise the integral water system, to translate the schematisation into a model, and to apply the outcomes of the model in actual practice. Large volumes of precipitation and extensive drought in your area can thus be simulated, enabling you to take effective measures. You will also learn to assess the outcomes of an external tendering procedure. Upon completion of this course, you will have insight into the integral water system and know how to utilise a model for your actual situation, thus enabling you to take measures that actually produce an effect.

Would you like to know more about the Calculation of climate adaptation measures course? Then go to the website.

Climate adaptation in the city

Afbeelding klimaatadaptatie in de stad

In this four-day course, the focus is on the stress test and the selection of climate adaptation measures. The following topics are addressed: spatial adaptation; dealing with rainwater; the construction, management, and monitoring of rainwater facilities; and involving residents in climate adaptation measures. National and international practical examples are set out and field trips are scheduled every day of the course to view a range of creative climate adaptation measures as a source of inspiration. Upon completion of the course, the participants will be able to reduce their city’s vulnerability to water, heat, and drought.

For more information on the Climate adaptation in the city programme, go to

Climate adaptation in urban areas


Six-day course divided over 12 weeks, provided by Wageningen Academy, with a total study load of 120 hours (including the meetings), dealing with the following topics:

  • Basic knowledge of urban climate (temperature, wind, and water);
  • Mapping out the urban climate – analysis techniques and data;
  • Climate adaptation – small-scale measures (homes and neighbourhoods);
  • Climate adaptation – large-scale interventions in urban planning.

Would you like to know more about the Climate adaptation in urban areas programme? Then go to the website.

Climate-proof spatial planning

Klimaatbestendige ruimtelijke inrichting

Climate-proof planning, i.e., a proper balance between water, drought, and heat on the one hand, and spatial planning on the other is essential to the present and future liveability and vitality of areas. The impact of progressive urbanisation on the liveability and vitality of cities and villages is just as strong as the influence of changes in the climate. All in all, municipalities are thus faced with a tough challenge in terms of the climate-proof and liveable planning of cities and villages. The key theme in this two-day course is how to ensure, from the launch up to the implementation of a spatial plan, that climate aspects are addressed in an opportunity-oriented manner. For example, which climate topics are involved in what type of planning and development issues? And how can the expertise gained be utilised?

For more information on the Climate-proof spatial planning programme, go to

Climate scenarios: are we climate proof?

Afbeelding klimaatscenario's

A two-day course on how climate scenarios can help to find solutions to drought, heat, and waterlogging. The course will discuss extreme phenomena such as prolonged periods of drought and torrential rain. On the basis of climate scenarios of the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute – KNMI – the climate resilience of proposed local measures will be analysed. Furthermore, the course will focus ample attention on individual issues, among which the results of stress tests and how climate scenarios can be factored in.

To find out more about the climate scenarios course, go to the website.

Collectively realising climate ambitions

Samen klimaatambities realiseren

This course is intended for policy advisers who wish to motivate and involve others to work collectively on climate ambitions. On the basis of an actor and interest analysis, with psychological interventions, you learn to garner the interest of others in climate issues. You learn to motivate and involve others to work collectively on climate ambitions. You learn how to conduct a successful risk dialogue. Upon completion of this course, you will have formulated tangible actions to involve other parties in the climate ambitions of your region.

Would you like to know more about the Collectively realising climate ambitions course, then go to the website.

Integrated water management

Afbeelding integraal waterbeheer

Integrated water management programme involving a 120-hour study load, comprising three modules: water quantity, water quality, and current water management. In addition to the Dutch hydrology system, the programme addresses the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the water system. In-depth insight is provided into changes in society, legislation, and policy, such as the Delta Plan on Spatial Adaptation. Upon completion of the programme, the knowledge acquired from various perspectives can be integrated into policy and complex water projects in rural and urban areas.

For more information on the Integrated Water Management programme, go to

Master City Developer (MCD)


Post-academic Master of Science programme that delves deeper and expedites the development of professionals engaged in urban development projects. The programme is a joint initiative of Erasmus University Rotterdam, Delft University of Technology, and the Municipality of Rotterdam. The Master’s programme comprises 8 modules that may be followed separately. Module 2 involves Urban Resilience and focuses on the following questions: What makes a city resilient? How can cities arm themselves against social differences? What innovations are needed to find solutions to questions relating to energy, food, and the climate? And how can urban projects contribute to such innovations?

Would you like to know more about the Master City Developer programme? Then go to the website.

MOOCs on climate adaptation

An MOOC is a fast and simple way to learn about climate adaptation, sitting at your own computer. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course: a free course, available online for everyone.

These websites offer MOOCs:

The courses on offer have been compiled by universities and research institutes from all over the globe. Entering the topic on which you would like more information will generate a list of available courses. Climate adaptation is addressed in several courses, such as Nature Based Metropolitan Solutions. It teaches the advantages of green-blue solutions in cities. Another example is the Climate Adaptation for Human Health course, which deals with solutions to curb the impact of climate change on public health. Some courses allow you to apply for an official certificate upon completion. In most cases, you will need to pay for such certificates. Most MOOCs are in English.

Nature for Climate-proof Water System


Three-day masterclass during which students experiment with ways in which nature (development) can help resolve climate adaptation and flood protection issues. Attention is focused on successful function combinations with nature, critical steps in a planning process, and the positive impact they may have. The point of departure is looking across borders, engaging new stakeholders, and coming up with new solutions. The students taking this master class will gain inspiration and insight into the (im)possibilities of nature as an instrument. Topics that will be considered include eco system services, ecological principles, and natural capital.

Would you like to know more about the Nature for Climate-proof Water System course? Then go to the website.

Urban water

Afbeelding stedelijk water

The urban water course is intended for (policy) staff of urban water management and spatial planning departments. The course focuses on the following key questions:

  • What are the new regulations regarding urban water management?
  • What does it take to climate-proof water management?
  • Which measures actually boost water management?
  • How can residents contribute to climate adaptation?

By reference to a wide range of practical examples, the course explains how urban water systems can be sustainabilised through new environmental management.

For more information on the Urban water programme, go to

Weather and water management

Afbeelding weer en waterbeheer

Three-day course on the weather and weather forecasts in relation to water management. A proper interpretation of weather forecasts enables the calculation of water levels, for example, by reference to models. This course provides in-depth insight into: day-to-day management, waterlogging, dehydration, policy, and safety. The focus is on practical cases involving weather data and water level management. The course involves a field trip to a weather station. Upon completion, the participants will be better prepared for the climate of the future and capable of factoring in weather aspects in day-to-day water management.

For more information on the Weather and water management programme, go to