Remote Sensing for Agricultural Water Management

Develop skills to use remote sensing for land cover classification, estimating evapotranspiration, water productivity, irrigation performance assessment & irrigation water accounting.

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For whom?

Young and mid-career professionals, engineers and technicians and academics involved in irrigation system management in various government and non-government organizations.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 29 June 2020
End: 17 July 2020
Deadline IHE application: 28 May 2020 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 2910

VAT is not included in the course fee

Course content

Topic 1: Introduction to Earth observation and remote sensing techniques Basics of RS and spatial big data; introduction to common RS data portal; earth observation satellites; typical application of RS and existing products; hands-on exercises on need analysis and acquiring of relevant data.

Topic 2: Remote Sensing data analysis Overview of RS data processing flow; satellite data pre-processing; mapping and visualizing spatial data; image analysis; hands-on exercise on deriving vegetation indices, zonal statistics using open source software and libraries.

Topic 3: Remote sensing and big data for mapping crop types Classification algorithms; machine learning approaches in crop classification from bigdata; ground truthing methods; accuracy assessment; hands-on exercises on crop type classification using open source libraries and cloud based Google Earth Engine (GEE)

Topic 4: Remote sensing for Evapotransipration, yield and WP assessment (SEBAL) Theory of SEBAL, Introduction to pySEBAL model, hands-on exercise on running pySEBAL to estimate ET, biomass, and WP. The skills acquired will be applied to the case study/assignment in progress during the class.

Topic 5: Remote sensing for irrigation water accounting and performance assessment Assessment of the irrigation performance using remote sensing based indicators for productivity, adequacy, reliability, and equity; interpreting results to identify gaps, diagnose water management problems, and attribute to relevant factors for improvements; perform irrigation scheme level water accounting

Key lecturers

  • Dr. Poolad Karimi
  • Dr. Sajid Pareeth
  • Mr. Tim Busker


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