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Geostatistics for Water Resources and Environmental Science

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Certificate / Diploma Short course Delft

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study Agriculture and environment
Course summary The course addresses the relationship of geostatistics with water resources and environmental science. It provides overview of the geostatistical techniques in space/time applications using real data.
Course description The first part of the course is on statistical and geostatistical inference of data with known locations presenting interpolation methods. The theory of spatial variability is explained presenting the structure of spatial variability-dependence with covariance functions and variograms. Data normalization techniques and trend analysis are presented for appropriate geostatistical applications. Comparison of geostatistical methodologies is applied, optimal sampling is discussed and attention is given to multivariate geostatistics. The second part of the course considers modelling spatiotemporal phenomena. The extension from pure spatial to spatiotemporal approaches is not trivial. Spatiotemporal covariance models (separable, nonseparable) are presented and explored on real datasets. The practical part deals with the exploration of different spatiotemporal variogram models and space-time kriging approaches applied to an own data set or a provided example. Finally, the third part of the course presents simulation techniques combined with estimations of uncertainty. of uncertainty. For all the parts of the course mi
Study subjects Spatial statistics are used in mapping spatial observations from monitoring stations for hydrological or water resources data, assessing spatial data quality, relating the accuracy of spatial data to their intended use, sampling design optimization, modelling dependency structures, and drawing valid inference from a limited set of spatial data in agriculture, hydrology, hydrogeology, ecology...
Course objectives - sample statistical assessment and statistically characterize spatially referenced data - choose and describe adequate spatial and spatiotemporal continuity models - know the advantages of stochastic and deterministic geostatistical techniques - apply effective quantitative analysis of spatial and spatio-temporal data - evaluate and validate geostatistical modelling results - apply simulations
ECTS credits 3.00
Duration 2 week(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes workshop, computer modeling, 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. Relevant wo bachelor (academic bachelor): Bachelor degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant field from a recognised university.
  2. Several years of work experience is an asset
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
14 Sep 2020 14 Aug 2020 14 Aug 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 1940€ 1940n.a.

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