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Where there is little data: How to estimate design variables in poorly gauged basins

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Certificate / Diploma Short course Delft

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study Engineering
Course summary This course addresses the estimate of hydrological variable in poorly gauged basins by means of recently developed techniques, new data sources and supported by open source software.
Course description The estimate of design variables, for hydraulic engineering and water management purposes, is a difficult task that practitioners have to face when designing a hydraulic structure, assessing water allocation, addressing river basin planning, managing water resources. This estimate is affected by several sources of uncertainties, the most crucial being the availability and reliability of observed data. This is particularly true when river basins are poorly gauged and the hydrological information observed by measuring stations is limited. Nowadays, several new sources of data acquisition are made available by the recent applications of remote sensing techniques and geophysical information systems to hydrological processes; furthermore, the scientific literature has provided practitioners with new methods and tools to best exploit available (although scarce) measured data at a given station and extend the local information to a larger scale. This course on "Where there is little data: how to estimate design variables in poorly gauged basins" aims at providing theoretical understanding and practical methods to cope with the estimate of hydrological variables in poorly gauged basins.
Study subjects 1. New sources of data collection: GIS and remote sensing 2. Introduction to R package 3. Hydrological variables: annual flows, flow duration curves, hydrological extremes 4. Techniques: Geostatistics (Example of Topkriging), Index Value Methods (Example of regional analysis), Rainfall-Runoff models (Example of models) 5. Case studies analysis
Course objectives To become familiar with new and open software tools and data-sources (open-GIS, remote-sensing data) for deriving geomorphological and climatic information To have a theoretical understanding of selected hydrological variables: flow duration curves, hydrological extremes, mean annual flow To be able to apply different methods for estimating hydrological variables in poorly gauged basins
ECTS credits 0.00
Duration 2 week(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, computer exercise, design project, group discussion, lecture
Accreditation -

About the institution

Department IHE Delft
Information about the institution IHE Delft Institute for Water Education is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world and the only institution in the UN system to confer accredited MSc degrees and promote PhDs. It offers degree programmes, short courses, online courses and tailor-made training. Since 1957 the Institute has provided graduate education to more than 15,000 water professionals from over 160 countries. More than 175 PhD candidates were promoted. IHE Delft is at the centre of a vast international network of water related institutions, and functions as an interface between knowledge networks and centres, public and private sector organizations, scientific and professional associations and other members of the international water community. The Institute runs a substantial number of joint MSc programmes implemented in partnership with universities around the globe. These joint programmes combine the strengths of the collaborating institutions and deliver either multiple degrees or a joint degree.


Admission requirements
  1. Several years of relevant working experience
  2. Relevant wo bachelor (academic bachelor). BSc degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant field from a recognised university
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 6
TOEFL internet based 87
TOEFL paper based 999
Professional experience required -
Duration 2 week(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
26 Oct 2020 26 Sep 2020 26 Sep 2020
25 Oct 2021 25 Sep 2021 25 Sep 2021
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 1940€ 1940n.a.

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