Anyone who works with watersheds.
Summary and Objectives:
This intermediate-level GIS course provides training on the acquisition, processing, and analysis of appropriate spatial datasets to make better watershed management decisions. The course is provided in an online format entailing 4.5 days (36 hrs) of independent and coordinated work, with exercise submissions and virtual forum participation required daily. Topics covered include estimating stream flow and water quality, modeling habitat, integrating future climate predictions, and performing scenario analysis for better adaptive management of watersheds. Participants work through a series of learning modules each day, including video lectures and specialized software demonstrations, readings featuring real-world case studies, and hands-on exercises designed to build skills using ArcGIS Pro. A daily virtual forum provides for Q & A, as well as interaction with instructors and other participants.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Track the path of pollution sources to find potentially affected streams.
Estimate stream flow for ungauged areas.
Predict water quality from land cover loading coefficients.
Analyze historic and future climate predictions for decision support.
Perform stream suitability analysis.
Perform multi-criteria analysis to prioritize projects.