Distance Learning Program in Hydrology - Basic Hydrological Sciences for India
Distance Learning Course in Basic Hydrology for professionals working in hydrological forecasting and design flood analysis in India, was organized by National Water Academy(NWA), Pune, and WMO from 12 March to 4 April 2012. The course was designed to meet the needs of hydrological forecasters who work with hydrologic data, particularly in flood forecasting and and design flood analysis . The course is intended to provide an understanding of ground, surface, and atmospheric forms of water and will prepare the participant for its application  & further study in hydrologic methods and forecasting.
Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the elements of the hydrologic cycle
  • Explain the rainfall runoff process
  • Learn River Discharge measurement technique; & Discharge computation 
  • Describe the process of streamflow routing
  • Derive a unit Hydrograph
  • perform flood frequency analysis by HEC-SSP software 
  • grasp a set of Flood Forecasting Techniques 
The course will be centered upon 12 distance learning modules developed by COMET and NWA. There are 9 required modules including a flood forecasting case study. In addition students can complete 3 optional modules based on interest. Participants will be required to complete an online quiz at the completion of each module. While the modules can be downloaded directly from the COMET website. The course will also include two live events to be attended via Web technologies at the start and close of the course, as well as weekly online communications with course instructors and fellow participants. The live sessions and online communications will allow participants to ask questions, share their issues and experiences, and learn more deeply by discussing the course content with their peers and the instructors. In addition to mastering the course content, each participant will be required to complete a short final assignment. Successfully completing the course assignment and the online quizzes for each module will earn participants a certificate of completion.
It is estimated that the dedication needed to successfully complete this course is a total of about 22-26 hours, or an average of about 8 hours/week. Controlling Officers of the participants should be encouraged to release them of work responsibilities during those hours.
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Week 1:
12-16 March 2012
Orientation Session (Live webinar )
Understanding the Hydrologic Cycle
Runoff Processes Module
Measurement of River Discharge
Week 2:
19-23 March 2012
Unit Hydrograph Theory
Derivation of Unit Hydrograph
Flood Frequency Analysis International Edition
Flood Frequency Analysis-Part II using HEC-SSP Software
Optional Module: Streamflow Routing
Week 3:
26-30 March 2012
Flood Forecasting Case Study: International Edition
Flood Forecasting Techniques
Optional Module 1:- Distributed Hydrologic Models for Flow Forecasts -Part 1
Optional Module 2:- An Introduction to Ensemble Streamflow Prediction
Final Writing Assignment due 1730 Hrs
Final conclusion live webinar will be conducted @ 1500 Hrs IST. 
Additional Course
Flash Flood Processes: International Edition
Water Resources  Civil Engineering Notes  Aamhi Sangamnerkar  Books
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