Spatial Hydrology

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This page will contain an outline for a 5 ECTS credit course on spatial hydrology. The course will be offered spring 2007 at [TKK]. The students are assumed to have basic understanding of both hydrology and geoinformatics.

Learning objectives

After the course student

  • understands that hydrological processes are dependent on land cover
  • understands the effect of terrain on hydrological processes
  • knows about various types of geospatial data and their usability in hydrological analysis
  • understands the effect of spatial scale on hydrological processes
  • is able to delineate watersheds from terrain data and understands uncertainties involved in such a procedure
  • is able to compute hydrological indicators (flow path length etc...) from terrain data
  • is aware of different spatial descriptions in hydrological modeling
  • knows about cases how geospatial data has been used in hydrological engineering projects

Lectures (Sessions)

The course is designed to consist of 12 sessions, each 2 to 3 hours.

  1. Introductions, introductory lecture (motivation); assignment: ?
  2. Data lecture (what, where); workshop: browse, examine, download, see & look
  3. Primary terrain parameters
  4. Spatial scale
  5. Watershed delineation and stream network 1
  6. Watershed delineation and stream network 2
  7. Lecture: spatial descriptions in hydrological modeling
  8. Hydrological description of watershed using terrain data & stream network