816357 Application of GIS in hydrology and water management

Lecture and exercise
Semester hours
Lecturer (assistant)
Herrnegger, Mathew
Offered in
Sommersemester 2024
Languages of instruction


Because GIS are designed to serve multiple purposes in a wide range of spatial problems, it is important to consider specific issues for appropriate application in hydrology and water resources management.

The lecture series presents the state of knowledge in water-related applications of GIS. No previous knowledge of GIS is required.

The lecture begins with a general introduction to GIS, referring to examples from hydrology and water management. The second part of the lecture is dedicated to specific hydrologic and water management applications.

GIS basics:

Introduction to GIS - Spatial information in hydrology and water management - Data models - Data structures - Coordinate systems and map projections - Analysis of spatial data - Overview of GIS soft-ware and products

GIS in hydrology and water management:

Hydrological models and GIS - Interpolation of hydrological variables - Digital elevation models and their application - GIS support for modelling of surface runoff - GIS support for groundwater modelling - GIS in water-related information and decision support systems

Previous knowledge expected

Basic knowledge of hydrology (approximately at the level of courses 816100 and/or 816101)

Objective (expected results of study and acquired competences)

Participants understand how the appropriate use of GIS in hydrological and water management studies can help to achieve better results more efficiently.
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