Welcome to the Hydro-Informatics Learning Platform¶
The educational platform for Data & Programming, Geospatial Analysis, and Modeling Tools in the field of Water Resources Engineering & Research.
Large datasets, such as airborne imagery and hydro-meteorological datasets collected worldwide, drive progress in many disciplines. With traditional spreadsheet analysis tools, however, large amounts of data can hardly be analyzed, understood, or used. The courses supported with this website aid hydraulic engineers, geomorphologists, river ecologists, and any water resources-related challenge with tools for efficient data analyses and presentation. The methods described rely on open-access tools to leverage international and interdisciplinary collaboration on all levels.
What is Hydro-informatics?
The term hydroinformatics (or hydro-informatics) refers to a sub-discipline of informatics and has its origins in computational hydraulics. Hydroinformatics involves numerical modeling as well as data science methods for the efficient and sustainable use of water resources (definition derived from the IAHR’s and IWA Joint Committee on Hydroinformatics). The syllable hydro goes back to the Greek word for water and the term informatics can be used as a synonym for studying computational systems. This eBook features the use of hydro-informatics to leverage studies of river ecosystems concerning hydraulic engineering, ecohydraulics, geomorphology, geo-informatics, and hydrology.
This eBook features a virtual classroom with open source/access materials for lectures and exercises. Students at the University of Stuttgart can learn more about registering for courses in the Take a Seat chapter.
The eBook provides tutorials for:
Coding with Python including
Code and project documentation (e.g., with Markdown or reStructuredText)
Version control with git
Geospatial analyses with QGIS
Numerical modeling with
All applications use open source or open access software, and the Software Resources chapter provides guidance on finding and installing appropriate and efficient software.
The theory chapters come along with exercises that align with the learning contents of this eBook and feature applications in water resources management, hydraulic engineering, and ecohydraulics.
The Troubleshoot chapter provides solutions and information about how to debug known issues (not that issues ever existed…).
Enjoy a successful and entertaining learning experience!