GIS and Remote Sensing Applications for the Water Sector

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General information

The course focuses on the analysis of digital spatial data, preparation for numerical modelling, presentation of modelling results and support to the decision making process. Some of the topics covered in the course include the following:

  • Introduction to geographic information systems and remote sensing technologies
  • Active and passive remote sensing
  • Data structures
  • Map projections and coordinate systems
  • Processing of digital geographic information
  • Creation of digital elevation models
  • Visualisation
  • Mapping of water and environmental features
  • Watersheds, streams and aquifers delineation
  • Digitisation
  • Soil and land use mapping
  • Map algebra
  • Terrain analysis for hydrological and hydraulic modelling
  • Presentation of modelling results
  • Analysis to generate new information and knowledge
  • Dissemination of new information and knowledge
  • GIS as a decision support tool.
Learning outcome:

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

  1. gain a sound fundamental understanding of the GIS and remote sensing technologies
  2. to understand the basic principles underlying the GIS/model-based management of water resources and environment
  3. to become familiar with the GIS-based analytical and problem-solving techniques for sustainable planning and management of water resources and environmental

The aim of this course is to provide both a solid theoretical understanding and a comprehensive practical introduction to the use of geographic information systems and remote sensing technologies for the analysis and solution of different water and environmental problems.

Contact Person: Zoran Vojinovic (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0731 - Marine spatial planning", "0588 - Scientific modelling


Venue: UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
Delft, Netherlands

Westvest 7, 2611 AX Delft





You should at least have a Bachelor Degree in a relevant field of study, some years of working experience and a good command of the English language. The course is designed for professionals (engineers and scientists) active in the water/environmental sector, especially those involved in planning and management of water systems as well as numerical modelling. Pre-requisites are a basic knowledge of computing and water related topics.

Application Procedure:

Deadline IHE application: 30 September 2017 - 23.59 (CET)

Grant Opportunities:

Discounts on the tuition fee of online and short courses apply to the following:

  • 30% for UNESCO-IHE alumni
  • 10% for UN family staff members
  • 10% for groups of 5 or more (provided that the course starts at the same time and a group application has been sent)

NFP, MSP and SIDS Fellowships

Most of our short courses are eligible for NFPMSP and SIDS Fellowships. Candidates from eligible countries are always encouraged to apply for one. 

You will need to have academic admission at UNESCO-IHE before you apply for an fellowship. Please be aware that the UNESCO-IHE application deadline and the fellowship application deadlines are different.

The UNESCO-IHE deadline is mentioned on each individual Short Course webpage, the fellowship deadlines are listed here:

You may register by filling out the online application form available at the webpage of the Short Course of your preference. Within 15 working days you will be notified about the outcome of your application. You will receive more details about how to apply for the fellowship when you are academically admitted. In case you would like to be nominated for a NFP/MSP fellowship, please note that you can apply for only one course per deadline.

For fellowships, other than NFP, MSP or SIDS, use Nuffic's grantfinder.


Academic level: Lifelong Learning


It is possible to take part in the examination with ECTS credit points. If you obtain a passing mark for this examination and return to UNESCO-IHE within four years after completion of the short course to follow a full MSc programme, you will receive exemption for this short course/module. The exam fee is €250 and should be borne by yourself. Taking part in the examination is not compulsory.

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