Hydrological Data Collection and Processing

This course addresses aspects of data collection, data processing, data archiving as well as issues related to providing hydrological services from an operational point of view. 

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For whom?

The course is meant for professionals working in the water sector. Required are a relevant education at BSc level and a basic understanding of physical hydrology. Experience in operational aspects of hydrology is a pre.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 04 April 2022
End: 22 April 2022
Deadline IHE application: 03 March 2022 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 3000

VAT is not included in the course fee

Course content

The principles and background of hydrological and hydrometeorological data collection and processing are explained in a series of class lectures. Topics include data collection networks and network design, operational, institutional and financial aspects; data bases, information dissemination and hydrological services; publicly available data sources, integration of data sources, measurement and processing of river flow data. Due attention is given to quality control of station time series and performance of data collection networks.

Practical exercises include the processing, analysis and evaluation of hydrological time series data and hands-on experience with acquisition and processing of data from internet archives.

Working in small groups, participants will gain experience in using hydrometeorological instruments at the ‘roof meteorological station’ while collecting observation data during the period of one week. The measurements are processed and the results are presented in a report and an oral presentation.

The course materials consist of lecture notes, powerpoint presentations and additional hand-outs.


The instructors for this course are T. Boogaard, PhD and R. Venneker, PhD.

Additional information

Additional reading:

  • Chow, V.T., Maidment, D.R., and Mays, LW. (1988) Applied Hydrology, McGraw-Hill, New York.
  • WMO (1994) Guide to Hydrological Practices, 5th ed., WMO-No. 168. Chapters 20, 21.
  • WMO (Terakawa, A) (2003) Hydrological Data Management: Present State and Trends, WMO-No. 964. (Available through WMO ).
  • WMO (2008) Guide to Meteorological Instruments and Methods of Observation, 7th ed., (Available through WMO).


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