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Online course Remote Sensing for Agricultural Water Management

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Certificate / Diploma Short course Delft

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study Agriculture and environment
Course summary In this course participants develop skills to use RS for land cover classification, estimating Evapotranspiration, water productivity, irrigation performance assessment & irrigation water accounting.
Course description Subject 1: Introduction to Earth observation and remote sensing techniques: Basics of RS and spatial data; introduction to common RS data portal; earth observation satellites; applications and products; exercises on need analysis and acquiring data. Subject 2: Remote Sensing data analysis: Overview of RS data processing flow; satellite data pre-processing; mapping and visualizing spatial data; image analysis; exercise on deriving vegetation indices, zonal statistics using open source software and libraries. Subject 3: Land cover classification: Land cover classification theory; algorithms; machine learning approaches; ground truthing methods; accuracy assessment; exercises on land cover classification using open source QGIS and cloud based Google Earth Engine. Subject 4: Remote sensing for Evapotransipration, biomass production and water productivity assessment: Theory of Surface Energy Balance Algorithm for Land (SEBAL); Intro to Python-based implementation of SEBAL; exercise on running pySEBAL to estimate evapotranspiration, biomass, and water productivity. Subject 5: Remote sensing for enhancing performance of irrigation systems: Assessment of the irrigation performance ...
Study subjects Subject 1: Introduction to Earth observation and remote sensing techniques Subject 2: Remote Sensing data analysis Subject 3: Land cover classification Subject 4: Remote sensing for Evapotransipration, biomass production and water productivity assessment Subject 5: Remote sensing for enhancing performance of irrigation systems
Course objectives - Explain RS theory and applications - Download, pre-process and extract biophysical features from satellite data - Perform land cover classification using machine learning algorithms in desktop and cloud based platforms - Implement surface energy balance models to estimate ET, biomass production and WP Assess the performance of irrigation using RS, identify gaps & solutions
ECTS credits 5.00
Duration 18 week(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, computer exercise, individual assignment, self study, tutorial
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. Academic Bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant field from a recognised university.
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 6.0
TOEFL internet based 87
TOEFL paper based 999
Professional experience required -
Duration 18 week(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
7 Sep 2020 7 Aug 2020 7 Aug 2020
6 Sep 2021 6 Aug 2021 6 Aug 2021
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (PT)€ 1035€ 1035n.a.

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