Delft, The Netherlands, 20 Sep 2019

Book launch QGIS for Hydrological Applications

On 19 September, IHE Delft hosted the launch of the book ‘QGIS for Hydrological Applications – recipes for catchment hydrology and water management’ by Dr. Hans van der Kwast and his co-author Kurt Menke.

In her opening welcome, Charlotte de Fraiture, Vice Rector Academic & Student Affairs, highlighted the Institute’s active support of open source software. Hans van der Kwast followed up with his own open source journey - which brought him to writing the book - and underpins the new QGIS short course taking place at IHE Delft over the course of this week. He remarked that often his students inspire him to further develop the software and plugins together with the QGIS community.

Kurt Menke elaborated on said QGIS community, and the ways that the diverse group of people organize themselves to further the software. This active community causes the software to develop at a pace that the proprietary software cannot keep up with.

The first copies of the book were presented to Ruud Grim, Senior Policy Advisor at the Netherlands Space Office, and Erik Meerburg, who wrote it's foreword. Ruud Grim presented how technology and open data is used in his programme Geodata for Agriculture and Water, commissioned by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He also gave examples of the resulting impacts on the ground.

More information, including an e-book version, can be found on the publisher website, Locate Press.


In cooperation with 510 Global and the Dutch Red Cross, the launch was followed by a hands-on #IHEUrgentAction Mapathon,organized to map the Arbonite district in Haiti. 

The Dutch and Haitian Red Cross work together to set up an early warning system in the Arbonite district. This area is regularly flooded, and there is a high risk of dam breaches. Proper maps are needed to be able to determine the flood area and to warn the population in time. The currently available maps don’t suffice, and the local volunteers participating in the mapathon worked toward remedying the situation.

During the mapathon, the authors sold signed copies of their book. By purchasing a book, readers have also financially contributed to IHE Delft students’ attendance at future FOSS4G and QGIS events!

QGIS for hydrological applications

If you are interested in learning more about QGIS for hydrological applications, please download the flyer on the right to see the different kinds of training available through IHE Delft. The options range from OpenCourseWare to tailor-made training courses.


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