QGIS for Hydrological Applications

The course introduces QGIS in a problem based learning approach that is centered around acquisition and (pre)processing of data for hydrological applications.

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For whom?

The course is designed for professionals (engineers and scientists) active in the water/environment sector, especially those involved in using simulation models for water management and GIS analysts.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 14 September 2020
End: 18 September 2020
Deadline IHE application: 13 August 2020 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 970

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. georeference a scanned map
  2. digitize vector layers from scanned maps
  3. delineate catchments and streams from digital elevation models
  4. find and use open data from the internet
  5. apply map algebra for spatial planning
  6. design maps

For many studies models are used or developed. During modelling courses not much attention is paid to the preprocessing of input data and parameters needed for the models. With the skills learned in this course you will be able to find open access GIS data and more efficiently process your data for your hydrological applications using QGIS and its plugins. The course is taught by certified lecturers.


It is expected that participants have good computer skills.

Course content

  1. Introduction to Open Source software for GIS and hydrological modelling;
  2. Spatial Data Infrastructures for Open Access Water Data;
  3. Using QGIS to digitize vector layers from a scanned map;
  4. Using QGIS for importing tabular data into GIS, data correction and interpolation;
  5. Using QGIS for catchment and stream delineation;
  6. Data visualisation (2D/3D) and map design
  7. Mapathon for the Red Cross


Interactive lectures; Computer exercises usingopen source -freely available- software only.


  • Dr. Hans van der Kwast (IHE Delft)
  • Kurt Menke (Bird’s Eye View)


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