About the Program

The objective of this program is to educate participants about all aspects of hydrology, focusing on new and effective ways of obtaining data and innovative resource management. Designed specifically for professionals from the Hydrology field the program consists of three separate courses: Hydrology, Water and Tools. Each course runs for nine days.

Program Content




Module 1

Flood Forecasting

  • Flood forecasting and early warning
  • Data and information management
  • Flood forecasting systems
  • Flood mitigation scenarios

Groundwater Management

  • Groundwater management issues
  • Delineation of well capture zones
  • Estimation of water origin, balances and content analysis
  • Groundwater vulnerability
  • Interaction of surface water and groundwater
  • Regional drawdown estimations
  • Remediation techniques

Data Analytics

  • Data Science Universals
  • Fundamentals of Data Science
  • Data processing and data cleaning
  • Data collection, text representation and processing, statistics, visualization
  • Classification, clustering sentiment analysis
  • Syntax and semantic analysis
  • Named entity recognition, automatic summarizing, topic modelling
Module 2

Sediment Management

  • Wave and currents in the surf zone
  • sediment transport machines
  • Coastal protection schemes
  • Numerical models for coastal processes
  • Climate change

Water Quality

  • Water quality management
  • Scientific background of concepts
  • Systems for monitoring and reporting water quality
  • Sampling and transport to laboratory
  • Errors in data and reporting
  • Pitfalls and troubleshooting

Integrated Water Resource Management

  • IWRM implementation aspects
  • Management tools and models
  • Information and decision support systems
  • River basin, Transboundary water management and modelling
  • Climate change and adaptation
  • Ecosystem approaches and environmental flows
Module 3

River Basin Planning

  • Model design
  • Operational framework and water user allocation rules
  • Result analysis
  • Groundwater and river routing model
  • Irrigation demand and management analysis
  • Hydrological modelling

Water Availability and Climate Change

  • Introduction to Climate Change
  • General circulation models VS. regional climate models
  • Impact assessment
  • Identification of adaptation measures
  • Environmental, social and economic indicators

Water Resources Information Systems

  • Data and information management
  • Integration and water resources management
  • Data linkage and data capture from distributed data sources
  • Data auditing, processing, analysis and gap-filling
  • Creating and scheduling jobs
  • Working with time series data in spatial context
  • Document storage to keep track of mission critical files


Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a certificate of completion from the Global Academy at Carleton University.

Program Fee

For an average 4 week professional development program including accommodations, the fee is approximately $3,750.00. Without accommodations, the program is $2,750.00.

A non-refundable application fee in the amount C$100 + HST is required to apply for any program. To continue, please email GlobalAcademy@cunet.carleton.ca.