Where there is little data: How to estimate design variables in poorly gauged basins

Training on Where there is little data: How to estimate design variables in poorly gauged basins
30 October - 10 November 2017

The aim of the course is to provide theoretical understanding and practical methods to cope with the estimate of hydrological variables in poorly gauged basins.

For whom?
This is an advanced course designed for scientists, engineers and water managers involved in water resources management of poorly gauged basins.

Working knowledge of Hydrology, and Statistics. A basic knowledge of GIS and Remote Sensing is welcome.

Course content

  1. New methods and tools of hydrological data collection: OS GIS and Remote Sensing. During this section you will learn how to use QGIS and GRASS software, to download and analyse two different freely available DEM, derive watershed, sub-basins, drainage network and basic morphometric properties of a basin at a specific outlet. You will also learn how to apply a Remote Sensing based Evapotranspiration model, using ILWIS.
  2. Introduction to the R package. During this session you will get familiar with the OS statistical package R, based on real-case hydrological examples.
  3. Hydrological variables: annual flows, flow duration curves, hydrological extremes, rainfall-runoff. During this session you will review and get into the depth of deriving the hydrological variables mentioned above, using R and some real case-studies of drainage basins in Italy.
  4. Geostatistics. During this session you will review in depth the concepts of Uni- and Bivariate variables, Linear Regression models, Stochastic processes, basics of Geostatistics, Variogram, Ordinary Kriging, Topological Kriging and apply them using R to some real case-studies of medium size basins in Italy 
  5. Index Value Methods (Example of regional analysis). During this session you will  review in depth the concepts of Frequency analysis of hydrological extremes with focus on floods, Estimation of the design-flood with possible approaches, At-site flood-frequency analysis, Regional flood frequency analysis, Setting-up a regional model, L-moments: definition, estimation and use; and apply them using R to some real case-studies.


  • Use of state of the art literature coupled with field experience from International professionals and academics.
  • Frontal lectures in class; individual exercises; group exercises; case study analysis.
  • This course will make use of open source -freely available- software only.

Contact Course Coordinator:   p.paron@unesco-ihe.org
Contact Fellowship and Admission Officer:   shortcourse@unesco-ihe.org

UNESCO-IHE conducts a wide range of short, intensive and highly specialized courses which are aimed at upgrading and refreshing the knowledge and skills of mid-career professional and senior experts.

Short courses are meant for professionals – or groups of professionals – with a specific area of interest and a limited amount of time. The focus and content of short courses vary from specialised and technical matters to challenges and approaches in management. Didactical methods used in these short courses include lectures, individual or group exercises in the classroom, behind the computer, or in the laboratory.

Fieldwork, excursions and field visits to relevant sites often are a part of a short course, allowing the participants to come into contact with practical examples of the theory offered. Through case studies, role-plays and workshops, content is made more interactive, and experience that the participants already have is shared.

Admission Criteria
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.

NFP, MSP and SIDS Fellowships
Most of our short courses are eligible for NFP, MSP 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.

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



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