RS4007 Geomatics for Hydrology and Water Resources Management Syllabus:

RS4007 Geomatics for Hydrology and Water Resources Management Syllabus – Anna University PG Syllabus Regulation 2021


 This subject deals with the basics of hydrology and also various remote sensing and GIS applications in the field of hydrology and water resources.


Hydrological cycle – estimation of various components of hydrological cycle – clouds – rainfall – runoff – evaporation – transpiration – evapotranspiration – interception – depression storage – spectral properties of water – Case studies using Geomatics.


Watershed divide – stream networks – Delineation and codification of watersheds – basin morphometric analysis – linear, aerial, relief aspects – Rainfall – runoff modeling – urban hydrology –flood forecasting, risk mapping, damage assessment – soil moisture area – drought forecasting and damage assessment – mitigation – Mapping of snow covered area – snow melt runoff – Case studies using Geomatics.


Project investigation – implementation – maintenance stage – location of storage / diversion works – canal alignment – depth – area capacity curve generation – water quality parameters – physical, chemical, biological properties – water quality mapping and monitoring – correlation model for pollution detection and suspended sediment concentration– Case studies using Geomatics.


Ground water prospects – surface water indicators – vegetation, geology, soil – aquifer parameters – well hydraulics – estimation of ground water potential – hydrologic budgeting – mathematical models – ground water modeling – sea water intrusion – modeling – Case studies using Geomatics.


Mapping and monitoring the catchment and command area – conjunctive use of surface and ground water – artificial recharge of groundwater – water harvesting structures – erosivity and erodibility – Universal Soil Loss Equation – sediment yield – modeling of reservoir siltation – prioritization of watershed – modeling of sustainable development – information system for Natural resource management – Case studies using Geomatics.


On completion of this course students shall be able to
CO1 Understand the challenges faced by the scientific community in the management of water in the past as well as present situation in the face of ever changing climate and socioeconomic condition.
CO2 Develop knowledge on the previously used scientific methods and environment development with particular reference to the environment status and scope of geospatial technology to address the WRM issues.
CO3 Comprehend the current research trends and the remote sensing data sources, products and tools that are of value along with their limitation so as to find solutions to the issue of various phenomena and domain of WRM.
CO4 Analyze the complicated and multi source and layered problems of water resources management with state of the art, tools and techniques for sustained livelihood.
CO5 Apply the knowledge in the conceptualization of extraction and implementation of the Geospatial based solutions sets and to interpret them with tools from ancillary sources for dependable policy making.


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2. Dr. David Maidment, Dr. Dean Djokic, Hydrologic and Hydraulic Modeling Support with Geographic Information Systems, Esri Press 2000,
3. Wilfried Brutsaert, Hydrology: An Introduction Cambridge University Press, 2005.
4. Andy D. Ward and Stanley W. Trimble, Environmental Hydrology, 3rd Edition, Lewis Publishers, 2015.
5. U.M. Shamsi, GIS Applications for Water, Wastewater, and Storm water Systems, CRC; Ist edition 2005.
6. Hoalst-Pullen, Nancy; Patterson, Mark W; Geospatial Technologies in Environmental Management, 2012, Springer.
7. Baxter E nieux,” Distributed hydrologic modeling using GIS, Springer, Third Edition, 2016.