Institute for Watershed Science
GIS in Hydrology Courses

GIS in Hydrology Course Series

This series of professional training courses are a collaborative effort between the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources’ Water Resources Information Program and the Institute for Watershed Science. The goal of these courses is to transfer hydrological GIS technology and knowledge to water management professionals throughout the province of Ontario. To date three separate courses have been developed for thsi purpose. There is also potential for continuing the development of this series of courses as new methods and technology become available.

Please note that registration for these

courses is possible by invitation only.

There are currently no dates set for these three courses. Updates will be posted here as they become available.

 

Course List (click on the course title below to jump to its description):

  1. Implementing LFlow: A Data Collection and Analysis Package
    for Supporting Low Streamflow Surveys
  2. Practical GIS Tools for Source Water Protection
  3. Introduction to GIS in Hydrology Course

Implementing LFlow: A Data Collection and Analysis Package for Supporting Low Streamflow Surveys

 

Course Location:

This course was held at the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority main office facilities in Port Hope, Ontario as well as various field sites within the Ganaraska River watershed.

Course Outline:

The primary objective of this 3-day course was to expand field staff capacity within the Conservation Authorities and their partners to monitor minimal flows of water in the rivers and steams in Ontario. This will improve the quality of water information in the Province and lead to more effective management of Ontario’s water. The Water Resources Information Program within the Ministry of Natural Resources developed a package of low flow data collection and analysis tools that implement nationally accepted protocols for low flow assessment.

Day 1:

Lecture topics included:

  • Fundamentals of hydrology
  • Low streamflow theory, methods and standards
  • Field survey design and sampling methods (preliminary site reconnaissance, survey planning, required instrumentation etc.),
  • Introduction to the LFlow database and ArcGIS spatial tools.

Marc Hinton (Geological Survey of Canada) will be in attendance as a guest lecturer.


Day 2:
This was a practical field day when participants were given the opportunity to apply the theory from the previous day’s lectures.

Day 3:
This day consisted of computer aided data analysis exercises using sample low streamflow data provided by the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority.

 

Contact Information:

Leslie Collins (Coordinator)

1.705.748.1011 ext.7943;

or click here to use our information request form.

 


Practical GIS Tools for Source Water Protection

The Practical GIS Tools for Source Water Protection Course provides more advanced GIS training for those involved with Source Water Protection throughout the province.

The course curriculum for Practical GIS Tools for Source Water Protection includes:

  • Theory and processes behind the creation of current provincial datasets, tools and models.
  • Practical application of GIS tools in context of Ontario Source Water Protection.

Course Modules:

  • Data Architecture
  • Provincial DEM 2.0 and Large Scale Elevation Data Advanced DEM and DEM Derivative Conditioning Techniques
  • Provincial Time Series Data
  • Working with Arc Hydro

Registration:

Registration for this course is currently closed.

 

Contact Information:

Leslie Collins (Coordinator)

1.705.748.1011 ext.7943;

or click here to use our information request form.

 


Introduction to GIS in Hydrology Course

A GIS-based approach to information management has been adopted by the Water Resources Information Project at the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. This approach is fundamental for disseminating spatial information within, and external to the provincial government. The proper use of recently completed provincial data sets and WRIP Toolbox are a necessary knowledge base for GIS staff and water managers throughout the province.  In 2003 the Water Resources Information Project took the initiative to prepare lectures and labs for the development of a two day training course curriculum based on GIS in Hydrology. The core audience is technical and managerial staff at Conservation Authorities, Ministry of the Environment, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines and the Ministry of Natural Resources and other partner agencies that will be involved in Source Water Protection Planning. 

The course introduces participants to the basic theoretical concepts of GIS hydrological analysis and provides hands-on application of these concepts in a mobile computing lab environment. The course also describes the processes and theory behind creating the provincial data sets and tools. The benefits and limitations of working with the stream networks, digital elevation models, quaternary watersheds and WRIP Toolbox are identified.

Course Topics:

  • Basic Hydrology functionality within ArcMap.
  • Processes for developing structured Hydrology Networks and DEMs
  • Introduction to WRIP Toolbox
  • Introduction to LRC water related provincial datasets
  • How to access provincial data in LIO
  • How to utilize watershed information with other spatial land resource data
  • Existing Federal/Provincial Watershed Nomenclature.
  • Ongoing and projected provincial water related information initiatives

Course Modules:

  • Developing and Using Stream Networks
  • Developing Digital Elevation Models
  • Extracting Stream Networks and Watershed Boundaries from DEMs
  • The Provincial DEMs and Watersheds
  • Extracting Terrain and Base Data Parameters by Watershed using the WRIP Toolbox

Registration:

Registration for this course is currently closed.There are currently no plans to offer this course in the near future. There is potential for an offering during Summer/Fall 2009.

 

Contact Information:

 

Leslie Collins (Coordinator)

1.705.748.1011 ext.7943;

or click here to use our information request form.