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 sound watershed management decisions. The course is delivered in an online format spanning two weeks and combines independent, self-paced work with daily instructor interaction in a virtual classroom. 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 online learning modules, including video lectures, specialized software demonstrations, case studies, and hands-on exercises designed to build skills using ArcGIS Pro. A daily virtual classroom forum is provided to engage in Q & A and interact with instructors and other students. Participants should be prepared to dedicate 4 - 6 hours to pre-class assignments and 16 - 18 hours per week to class work and virtual forum attendance.
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.