Tarendra Lakhankar

  • The City College of New York
  • Department of Civil Engineering
  • Spring 2024

Course Description: In this course students will learn how to use the underlying concepts of Geographic Information Systems for problems in Water Resources engineering. We will start with a review of the basic concepts of GIS, such as the use Coordinate systems, projections, data concepts, and geographic references. After refreshing this knowledge we will apply these concepts to typical hydrologic tasks, such as Terrain modeling, watershed delineation, computation and extraction of river and watershed networks including spatial analysis computations. Once we have mastered that the course will also introduce some modeling concepts and expand on the integration of time series and geospatial data in general. We will also add some components that address remote sensing data products and their analysis within the GIS environment. The course will be rounded out with some special topics related to challenges that remain for geospatial information systems, such as data heterogeneity, data about data (metadata), and how one can search best for data.

Pre-Survey for Class

DateLectures / Presentations (45-60 minutes)Class (6:30 – 9:00 PM)Activities (Lab and Research Project)Homework
30 Jan 2024Lecture 1: Course Introduction and GIS ApplicationIn-Person T-424Introduction of Software & InstallationHomework 1
  6 Feb 2024Lecture 2: Introduction to GIS and ArcMapIn-Person T-424Lab 1: Mapping World Data
Optional – Google Earth Engine Mapping
13 Feb 2024Lecture 3: GIS Data Sources for Water ResourcesRemote (Snow)Lab 2: Mapping USA data
Lab 3: Mapping Lat/Long data
20 Feb 2024Lecture 4: Coordinate Systems and Map ProjectionsRemoteLab 4: Downloading Remote Sensing Data 
27 Feb 2024Lecture 5: Spatial Analysis
* Research Project Discussion
In-Person T-424Lab 5: Rainfall Data InterpolationHomework 2
5 Mar 2024Lecture 6: Watershed & Network DelineationsIn-Person T-424Lab 6: Watershed Delineations 
12 Mar 2024Lecture 7: Arc Hydro for Water ResourcesIn-Person T-424Lab 7: Learn Model Builder (Map Delineation)
* Research Project Selection
19 Mar 2024Lecture 8: Water Infrastructure and HydrographyIn-Person T-424Lab 8: Water Quality Data Interpolation 
26 Mar 2024Project ReviewIn-Person T-424(1) StoryMaps and (2) Mapping at ArcGIS Online 
2 Apr 2024Lecture 09: Remote Sensing in Water ResourcesIn-Person T-424
(Guest Lecture)
 Lab10-Contaminated Site Mapping 
9 Apr 2024Lecture 10: Remote Sensing and Raster AnalysisIn-Person T-424Lab 9: Extract Vegetation, Water, & Soil Indices (Raster Data)Homework 3
16 Apr 2024Lecture 11: Intro to HEC-HMS and HEC-RASIn-Person T-424Lab 10: Hydro-logical Simulation using HEC-HMS (Data) 
23 Apr 2024No Class (Spring Break) ——————  
30 Apr 2024No Class (Spring Break) ————————————  
7 May 2024 Lecture 12: TBDIn-Person T-424Lab 11: Drought Mapping 
14 May 2024Group Research Project PresentationIn-Person T-424  
21 May 2024Final ExaminationIn-Person T-424  
Grading: Final Exam30%The final exam will be a take home exam that will be handed out during the last class and be due one week later.
Homeworks15%The homeworks are due 2 weeks after they have been assigned. No late HW!
Lab Assignments20%Lab Activities to perform GIS mapping based on data provided
Project35%By 19th March 2024, you need to submit a proposal for the term project. This is mandatory! No proposal no class.
Project PPT25PtsThese will be scheduled during the 12th May class and be organized by the students.
Project Report65PtsYou will need to submit the project Report at the day of PPTs.
Project EVA10PtsYou will be asked to participate in the evaluation of your fellow classmates PPTs.


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