GIS and Remote Sensing Applications on Watershed Characterization, Resources Management and Rainfall Forecasting Course


The aim of this IRES course is to provide both a solid theoretical understanding and comprehensive practical overview of the principles of watershed management, use of geospatial technologies for watershed management including the use of digital elevation models (DEMs) for terrain analysis of watershed, spatial modeling of soil erosion, and soil and water conservation planning.

Who should attend?

  • Soil and Water Conservation Officers
  • State Land Resources/ Departments/ Training Academies
  • State Watershed Directorates
  • Central/ State/ Private Universities & Academic Institutions
  • Central & State Government Departments
  • Research Institutes/ Research scholars
  • Geospatial Industries
  • NGOs


10 days

Course Objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:

  • Gain a sound fundamental understanding of the GIS and Remote Sensing technologies
  • To understand the basic principles underlying the GIS/Model-based Management of water resources and environment
  • To become familiar with the GIS-based analytical and problem-solving techniques for sustainable planning and management of water resources and environmental problems.

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction and Basic Concepts

  • Concept of watershed, introduction to watershed management,
  • Different stakeholders and their relative importance,
  • Watershed management policies and decision-making.

Module 2: Sustainable Watershed Approach & Watershed Management Practices

  • Sustainable integrated watershed management,
  • Natural resources management,
  • Agricultural practices,
  • Integrated farming,
  • Soil erosion and conservation,
  • Watershed Management Practices in Arid and Semiarid Regions,
  • Case studies,
  • Short term and long term strategic planning

Module 3: Integrated Watershed Management

  • Introduction to integrated approach,
  • Integrated water resources management,
  • Conjunctive use of water resources,
  • Rainwater harvesting;
  • Roof catchment system

Module 4: Watershed Modeling

  • Standard modeling approaches and classifications,
  • System concept for watershed modeling,
  • Overall description of different hydrologic processes,
  • Modeling of rainfall‐runoff process, subsurface flows and groundwater flow

Module 5: Social Aspects of Watershed Management

  • Community participation,
  • Private sector participation,
  • Institutional issues,
  • Socio-economy,
  • Integrated development,
  • Water legislation and implementations,
  • Case studies.

Module 6: Use of modern techniques in Watershed Management

  • Applications of Geographical Information System and Remote Sensing in Watershed Management,
  • Role of Decision Support System in Watershed Management

Module 7: Management of Water Quality

  • Water quality and pollution,
  • Types and Sources of pollution,
  • Water quality modeling,
  • Environmental guidelines for water quality

Module 8: Storm Water and Flood Management

  • Storm water management,
  • Design of drainage system,
  • Flood routing through channels and reservoir,
  • Flood control and reservoir operation,
  • Case studies on flood damage

Module 9: Drought Management

  • Drought assessment and classification,
  • Drought analysis techniques,
  • Drought mitigation planning.

Module 10: Water Conservation and Recycling

  • Perspective on recycle and reuse,
  • Wastewater reclamation.

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FAQs & Course Administration Details:

This training can also be customized to suit the needs of your institution upon request. You can have it delivered in our IRES Training Centre or at a convenient location. For further inquiries, please contact us on Phone: +254 715 077 817 or Email: [email protected].
The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields. All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.
Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Institute (IRES) certificate certified by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).
Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before start of the course. Send proof of payment to [email protected].
Accommodation and airport pickup are arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer. Email: [email protected] Phone: +254 715 077 817.

Who else has taken this course?

# Job Title Organisation Country
1 WASH Manager The Children's Investment Fund Foundation Kenya
2 WASH Manager The Children's Investment Fund Foundation Kenya
3 WASH Manager The Children's Investment Fund Foundation Kenya
4 Bio Tech Somalia
5 Ministry Of Water,Water Commission Lesotho