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Geo-Information-Systems in Water Management and Hydraulic Engineering

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Peter Fröhle / Giovanni Palmariccotti

Course Format:

2 Hours Practical Course


Winter Semester


German & English

Recommended Previous Knowledge:



Theoretical concept of a geographical information system (GIS) - data model, geographical coordinates, geo-referencing, map view and modification through interactive graphics

Introduction of the main functions of the GIS system ArcGIS and their application

Data mining of geographical data (digital terrain modeling, thematic cartography, map overlay and boolean operation at geographical objects)

Analyzing techniques of geographical data to derive hydrological parameters (infiltration capacity, topographic gradient, delineation of drainage units, land use conflict determination, buffering of corridors)

Evaluation and visualization techniques for ecological impact studies

Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge: broad knowledge in the application of Geographical Information Systems at representative problems in the field of water resources and environmental protection

Competence in applying methodologies: Familiarization with the handling of geographical information from different disciplines and learning their preparation, processing and visualization with the objective to support the analysis and solution identification for various problems in the field of water and ecology

Reading Resources:

1. Fundamentals of Spatial Information Systems, Robert Laurini and Derek Thompson

2. Geographical Information Systems in Hydrology, Vijay P. Singh and M. Fiorentino

3. Geographical Information Systems in Ecology, Carol A. Johnston

Performance Record:

4 approved excercises


60 hours total

Further Information:

Credit points of this module can be found in the course plan for the corresponding course of study.

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