Water Resources Management

Introduction to Geo-Information Systems

in cooperation with Cologne University of Applied Science


Geographic information systems (GIS) have a great impact on the fields of water resources management, environmental science, and related disciplines. GIS tools for spatial management and analysis are considered state of the art, and application of these tools lead to improved analyses and designs. Familiarity with GIS is a pre-requisite for professionals in the aforementioned fields in their efforts to provide reliable and sustainable solutions.


GIS is the tool to communicate spatial information. GIS supports decision makers by putting together bits and pieces of information and showing them the “big picture”.


The course provides a profound theoretical and practical basis on GIS that is necessary to understand and work with advanced applications in the fields of water resources and related disciplines. The course addresses the growing need for professional GIS guidelines and covers all topics and techniques relevant for GIS starters, such as


Principles of geo-informatics

Basic concepts of GIS like data input, management, analysis and presentation; thematic case studies, best practice examples

GIS data formats

Working with vector data, raster data, Triangulated Rectangular Networks (TIN), tabular data, importing and exporting data

Geo-database management

Creating a logical model, building and population a geo-database, working with topology, expanding model capabilities and adding complex components

Coordinate systems and map projections

Georeferencing, identify coordinate systems of geo-data, modify standard projections, discuss geographic transformations, address different properties of various map projections, trouble-shooting regarding common coordinate system and projection problems

Creating new geographic data

Digitizing and editing, working with GPS devices and software

Analyzing geographic data

Querying data, geoprocessing, geostatistics, 3D-analysis, optimizing workflows

Cartographic presentation techniques

Layout and design techniques, creating labels and annotations, report development