GIS in Water Resources
CE 394K.3 GIS in Water Resources
University of Texas
Tuesday- Thursday, 12:30-2PM
Unique Number: 15625
CEE6440 GIS in Water Resources
Utah State University
Tuesday- Thursday, 11:30-1PM
Catalog Number: 48713
Office Address: CRWR Bldg. 119 PRC
University of Texas
Telephone Number: (512) 471-0065
Fax Number: (512) 471-0072
E-mail:maidment @ mail.utexas.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday - Thursday, 2-4 PM
Office Address: ENGR230,
Utah State University
Telephone Number: (435) 797-3172
Office Hours: Monday 11.30 – 12.30, Thursday 1-2.
Application of Geographic Information Systems in Water Resources. Digital mapping of water resources information. Spatial coordinate systems. Terrain analysis using digital elevation models. River and watershed networks. Soil and land use mapping. Flood hydrology modeling and flood plain mapping. Terrain analysis for hydrologic modeling.
Integration of time series and
geospatial data. Hydrologic Information Systems.
Graduate standing in engineering or a related discipline.
The six course exercises are intended to enable you to be able to:
n Plot a map of a hydrologic region including measurement sites and associate it with time series of data measured at those locations;
n Create a base map of a study region including watersheds, streams, and aquifers by selecting features from regional maps;
n Interpolate measured data at points to form raster surfaces over a region, and spatially average those surfaces over polygons of interest;
n Do hydrologic calculations using map algebra on raster grids;
n Analyze a digital elevation model of land surface terrain to derive watersheds and stream networks;
n Build a geometric network for streams and rivers;
n Apply the Arc Hydro data model to a set of streams, watersheds, water bodies, monitoring points and time series of information measured at those points;
n Develop a Hydrologic Information System that links time series of water observations to locations where the measurements are made
Besides these six course exercises, you will learn about:
n sources of geospatial data on the internet
n 3D representation in ArcGIS and ArcScene
n ArcGIS Geostatistical analyst
n Georeferencing aerial photographs on base map images
n Using ArcGIS to store groundwater information
n Doing nonpoint source pollution modeling in GIS.
Public web site: http://www.ce.utexas.edu/prof/maidment/giswr2006/giswr2006.htm.
This contains the course outline, powerpoint presentations, class exercises for
the course and
Video web site: http://www.utwired.engr.utexas.edu/maidment/ This contains an archive of the video of each class in Windows Media format.
This contains copies of the course outline, powerpoint presentations and class
exercises from the
The purposes of the term project are:
The steps in carrying out the project are:
If you would like to work in a group to pursue a term project, that is fine, but you must carry out a particular section of the project on which you will present your oral and written report.
Archives are available showing the reports from more than 200 term papers done by students in this course from Spring 1997 to last year. See: http://www.ce.utexas.edu/prof/maidment/giswr2006/docs/termpaperlibrary.htm
Course Computer Environment
This course uses the ArcGIS version 9.1 software. The Spatial Analyst and 3D Analyst extensions of ArcGIS will also be used in the course. These programs run under the Windows NT operating system.
Texas. ArcGIS is available in the Civil Engineering Learning Resource Center. You may want to get a magnetic card so that you can enter the LRC in the evenings or weekends. If you work at the LRC, you'll be assigned a standard amount of disk space for your personal use.
Utah. ArcGIS is available in the Engineering PC lab and CEE Geomatics lab.
If you have access to the software elsewhere, you can do the computer assignments at that location. You should plan to back up your work on a removable drive (e.g. zip or thumb) to avoid complications from lack of disk space in your personal area.
The readings for this course will be taken from: "Arc Hydro: GIS for Water Resources” Ed by David R. Maidment, published by ESRI Press, 2002, $59.95 ISBN 1-58948-034-1, see http://gis.esri.com/esripress/display/index.cfm A recommended reference for further information is: "Modeling Our World", by M. Zeiler, ESRI Press, 1999, ISBN 1-879102-62-5 206 pages $29.95, see http://gis.esri.com/esripress/display/index.cfm
Method of Evaluation
Course grades will be based on a weighted average of results as follows:
Term Project Written Report 30%
Term Project Oral Presentation 10%
Midterm Exam 20%
Final Exam 20%
Letter grades will be assigned as follows:
A = 90-100%
B = 80-90%
C = 70-80%
D = 60-70%
F < 60%
There will be no make-up exams or incomplete grades in this course. I reserve the right to change the date of a quiz with notice in advance.
Course/Instructor Evaluation Plan
Course/Instructor evaluation will be conducted separately at each University according to the policies of each University.
Texas. Forms will be distributed during the final lecture period. A student from the class will be asked to distribute and collect the evaluation forms, and to return them to the Department of Civil Engineering office on the 4th floor of ECJ.
Utah. A secretary from the CEE department will conduct the course evaluation during one of the final lecture periods with the instructor not present.
We also encourage students to speak to us during the semester, and are open to suggestions relating to the course.
Texas. The University of Texas at Austin provides upon request appropriate adjustments for qualified students with disabilities. For more information, contact the Office of the Dean of Students at 471-6259, or 471-4241 TDD
Utah. Students with disabilities that require accommodation should contact the instructor, or the Disability Resource Office at (435) 797-2444