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HYDROSAT: Observing the Water Cycle from Space

Degree type
certificate
Language of education
English (100%)
Duration
19 days
Tuition fee EU/EEA
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Education type
Fulltime
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Application deadline
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Accreditations
NVAO
Type of institution
Research University
City
Enschede

Program description

The course will educate hydrologists to work with the state of the art satellite optical & microwave remote sensing algorithms for quantifying the hydrological cycle components.

The lack of near-real time hydrological data constrains the understanding of hydrological and ecological processes and their interaction with natural and anthropogenic forcings. The main objective of this course is to educate hydrologists to work with the state of the art satellite optical and microwave remote sensing algorithms for quantifying the hydrological cycle components including water quality.

The course is relevant to scientists or professionals who desire to extend their knowledge on deriving hydrological state variables from remote sensing data. The course therefore covers wide scientific backgrounds: hydrology and/or water engineering (hydrodynamic, hydrobiology, fluid mechanics, atmospheric physics, soil physics, ground water, surface hydrology, oceanography, marine optics, water quality).

Students will obtain a broader perspective of remote sensing applications to hydrology; The course provides in-depth knowledge on remote sensing methods for the quantification of hydrological state variables.

Objectives
The primary objective of the HydroSat course is to introduce hydrologists to remote sensing retrieval methods (observation models). The level of difficulty is generally greater than that for the previous WERM educational modules; also, there is a diverse set of training topics. - Obtain a broader perspective of remote sensing applications to hydrology. - Provides in-depth knowledge on remote sensing methods for the quantification of hydrological state variables. - Introducing time series analysis. - Introducing programming concepts.

Instruction modes
Lectures, supervised practicals, unsupervised practicals, group assignments, individual assignments, self-study.

Curriculum
1. Introduction to programming; 2. Radiative transfer modelling & inversion; 3. Surface energy balance; 4. Water quality; 5. Soil moisture retrievals from microwave data; 6. Calibration and validation of ground-based radar measurements of precipitation; 7. Ground water from space (gravity remote sensing); 8. Retrieval of satellite hydrology products; 9. Wrap the knowledge gained during this module with an end-module project. During the 1st half of week 1 the students will be introduced to the principles of land and atmosphere interaction. During the second half of week 1 the students will be introduced to remote sensing inversion algorithms to estimate water surface parameters. During the 1st half of week 2, the Tau Omega model will be introduced to derive soil moisture from microwave data. Here we will work with microwave data. An introduction to precipitation and field based radar will be followed in the second half of week 2. Monthly gravity field estimates are made by the twin Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites. Gravity estimates are obtained as variations relative to a priori gravity model. Consequently, the GRACE gravity estimates can be largely attributed to surface water and ground water changes. PROJECT: the last 3 days of week 3 are reserved for the realization of the end-module project. bron: University of Twente

About the University of Twente

The University of Twente focuses on the development of technology and its impact on people and society. It offers bachelor, master and postgraduate programs in the field of Technology, Behavioral and Social Sciences. University of Twente students are always encouraged to look beyond the boundaries of their own field and establish links with other disciplines.

High tech, human touch. This is what characterizes the University of Twente. Some 3,300 scientists and other professionals working together on cutting-edge research, innovations with real-world relevance and inspiring education for more than 9,000 students. The enterprising university encourages students to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and is a partner of Knowledge Park Twente.

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Admission requirements

Previous education

It is recommended to have obtained deep understanding of hydrology or water engineering (hydraulics, hydrodynamic, hydrobiology, environmental, fluid mechanics, atmospheric physics, soil physics, ground water, surface hydrology, oceanography, marine optics, water quality).

It also advised to have basic knowledge in mathematical and statistical analysis.

Professional experience

A few years of professional experience is recommended.

Language test

IELTS overall band 6.0
TOEFL computer based 213
TOEFL internet based 80
TOEFL paper based 550
Cambridge Advanced English C1
Cambridge Professional English C2

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