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Spatial Modelling for Integrated Watershed Management

Certification Certificate Location Start Duration EC Tuition fee Registration deadline OKP/MSP registration deadline Register
Certificate Netherlands 02 Jul 2018 3 weeks 5 EUR 1000 14 May 2018 Not applicable Register


Why choose this course?

Steadily increasing population pressure leads to scarcity of land causing deforestation and widespread changes in land cover/land use. This can have detrimental effects on fundamental processes within natural and man-made ecosystems. On the other hand intensive use of marginal lands without proper conservation measures can trigger wide scale degradation of natural resources such as vegetation and soils. In addition to this, excessive rain can have devastating effect by generating high surface runoff. It can cause not only erosion problem in the upland areas but also flash flood in the low lying areas damaging properties and causing inconvenient to people. In case of insufficient rain for prolonged period there will be drought hazard and can even lead to crop failure.

Analysis of degradation can be done for instance with analysis of multi-temporal satellite data and modelling of surface runoff and its consequent effects on both upland as well as in the lowland areas. Knowledge on the one hand of the degradation processes/rates and on the other hand of conservation measures, can help quantify the problem and find suitable solutions for controlling degradation. Soil and water conservation techniques, both scientific and indigenous, have been amassed over the last 50 years but successful implementation can only be based on acceptance and support by stakeholders. Guidelines for this are given by the WOCAT system ( and the DESIRE project (

About your diploma

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Certificate which will include the name of the course.

Along with your Certificate you will receive a Course Record providing all the subjects studied as part of the course. It states for each module: the module code, number, subject, ECTS credits, exam date, location and the mark awarded.

If the certificate course is part of the Postgraduate or Master’s programme at ITC and if you decide to take the full programme at ITC, you will be exempted from the module(s) you followed successfully as a certificate course.

What is the course content?

The course teaches to understand the influence of land use change and identify the primary factors leading to natural resource degradation. Analysis of degradation and conservation can be done for instance with time series satellite image analysis and modeling of surface hydrology and erosion, or drought hazard assessment in case of insufficient rain.

The course has two weeks of theoretical explanations with exercises and one week of work on a case study. You will learn various open source software’s for data processing and modeling.

  • Theory and exercises are on how to apply remote sensing, GIS and spatial modeling tools for mapping and monitoring of degradation processes and driving factors; understand spatial implications of conservation measures for watershed management and discuss methods developed to engage stakeholders; apply what you learn on a real life case study in semi-arid (dry) or tropical area; learn factors, process mechanisms and consequences of natural resource degradation (e.g. loss of biomass, disturbance of hydrological balance, land degradation); remote sensing techniques for land cover/land use change analysis; surface runoff and soil erosion modeling; soil water balance and drought hazard assessment;  and mitigation measures and conservation planning.
  • Case studies using real life data for land degradation assessment e.g. soil erosion modelling (Morocco, Thailand, Indonesia), drought hazard assessment (Morocco), land use change and flash flood hazard assessment (Thailand).

Admission requirements

Academic level and background
Applicants for the Certificate programme should have a Bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised university in a discipline related to the course, preferably combined with working experience in a relevant field.

Some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules require knowledge of, and skills in, working with GIS and/or digital image processing of remotely sensed data.

Skills in taught or related subjects are a prerequisite for some courses in the Certificate programme or separate modules. Even if the applicant satisfies the overall admission requirements, acceptance is not automatic.

The faculty accepts transcripts, degrees and diplomas in the following languages: Dutch, English, German, French and Spanish. It is at the discretion of the faculty to require additional English translations of all documents in other languages as well.

English language
As all courses are given in English, proficiency in the English language is a prerequisite. If you are a national of one of the countries in this list (PDF), you are exempted from an English language test. Please note: the requirements when applying for fellowships may vary according to the regulations of the fellowship provider.

English language tests: minimum requirements
Only internationally recognised test results are accepted.

TOEFL Paper-based Test (PBT) 550
TOEFL Internet-based Test 79-80
British Council / IELTS 6.0
Cambridge CPE/CAE

Computer skills
Applicants lacking computer experience are strongly advised to follow basic courses in their home countries.

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