Water Resources Assessment

Water resources assessment aims to measure quantity and quality of the water in a system, including data collection, data validation, and water accounting techniques, using both ground and remote sensing.

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For whom?

Young and mid-career water professionals dealing with, or interested to develop their knowledge and skills in, water resources assessment and modelling, in particular water resources monitoring and evaluation (both quantity and quality, and their integrated assessment), analytical and modelling skills to analyses spatial and temporal variability of water availability and demand, and evaluating alternative management interventions using integrated modelling tools.


Basic knowledge of hydrology and water resources (both quantity and quality), assessment of water demand for various water uses and water allocation principles. Affinity to learn analytical (e.g. statistical tools) and modelling tools (e.g. rainfall-runoff and water allocation models) for water resources assessment and management.

Dates, Fee, ECTS

Start: 02 March 2020
End: 20 March 2020
ECTS credit points: 5
Deadline IHE application: 28 February 2020 - 23.59 (CET)
Course fee: € 2910

VAT is not included in the course fee

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  1. Evaluate and improve design of monitoring programme covering both water quantity and quality for water resources assessment in a given context.
  2. Conduct a spatio-temporal analysis of water resources using range of statistical techniques such as indicators of hydrological alteration (IHA), flow duration analysis and trend detection.
  3. Describe various types of models and modelling protocol to conduct a water resources assessment and modelling study.
  4. Discuss theoretical basis for water resources models, and apply an integrated model, in particular combination of rainfall-runoff with water allocation modelling, using WEAP software for a selected river basin.

Course content

The content of the module includes three main courses:

1. Water resources assessment: - Water Resources data: Different types of water resources data, monitoring, validation, archiving, and dissemination, and a review of a WRA case study. - Surface water resources assessment: time series analysis of WR data, including: flow duration curves, statistical distribution and trend analysis, extreme value analysis (floods and droughts). - Groundwater resources assessment: assessment of aquifer hydraulic properties and areal extent, recharge and discharge, sustainable yield, and groundwater abstraction. - Water quality monitoring and assessment: requirements for WQ assessment; WQ parameters; WQ monitoring program; Pollution; WQ assessment. - Estimation of water resources data in un-gauged basins and regionalization.

2. Water using activities: Agricultural water demand, crop water requirement, net irrigation requirement, yield analysis, domestic water use, hydropower water demand, environmental water requirement.

3. Water accounting: Introduction to remote sensing data for water resources applications; Satellite image processing; Catchment water balance in GIS environment; Water productivity and water valuation; Water accounting. The learning activities include lectures and workshops in class, exercises and tutorial, and a field visit to WaterNet (Amsterdam).


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