Courses at UNIL

Spring 2023

Watershed and river network modeling course


  • Spatial analysis, watershed hydrology and morphometry in GIS: Advanced topographic and morphometric analyses on digital elevation models (DEMs).
    • Watershed as a landscape unit: Geomorphometry, flow characteristics, and land surface parameters (e.g., flow direction, flow accumulation, topographic wetness index, terrain roughness, stream power index).
    • River network analysis: Network organization, topological and hierarchical analysis (e.g., stream order, gradient, stream power, sinuosity).
  • Geospatial and climate data for hydrology.
    • Land use, soil types, geology, Hydrological Response Units (HRU) definition, measurement of climate data (rainfall, temperature) in time and space.
    • Spatial interpolation of weather radar, satellite data, and climate reanalysis data.
  • Introduction to hydrological modeling:
    • Conceptual hydrological models.
    • Model calibration, validation, sensitivity, and uncertainty.
  • Modeling hydrological responses to climate and landuse changes: Climate models, climate scenarios, land-use changes.
  • Linking the land and water systems.: Hillslope-channel and hydrological connectivity (longitudinal, lateral, and vertical dimensions).
    • Watershed scale erosion and sediment transport processes: Soil production and erosion. Sheet-rill-gully erosion. Watershed scale erosion and sediment transport models (e.g., USLE, RUSLE, physically based models).
    • Introduction to landscape hydro-geomorphic system modeling (e.g., cellular automata models, gridded landscape evolution models).

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