This course will introduce you to the topic of Environmental Systems Analysis. It provides an introduction to systems analysis and process that are involved in Earth Atmosphere, focusing on overview to Global Climate impact assessment studies with the help of different hydro climatic models used in environmental sciences. Global environmental change (or global change) entails the systemic and cumulative consequences of humans and their activities on the atmospheric system. The effects of greenhouse gas emissions and the consequent climate change exemplify systemic global change. These more diffuse cumulative global changes are other widespread problems, such as climate change induced health problems like waterborne issue, groundwater depletion, deforestation, and species extinction. In the course ‘Environmental Systems Analysis’ you will be introduced to many aspects of Environmental Systems from a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary perspective. Physical, biological, social and economic issues will be discussed and the main topics of the weeks are: introduction, drivers, modeling and scenarios, impacts, assessments and policy options. Most lectures will focus on general themes that set the scene and are relevant globally.
We describe here the topics with the key issues of each week. We expect you to reproduce these key issues discussed in lectures and the literature and apply the newly acquired understanding on methodology to different examples of Environmental Systems Analysis using literature and examples across the globe.
- Teacher: Dr. M. Shahid Iqbal
This course provide an introduction to hydrological modeling, focusing on overview to climate data for impact assessment studies, watershed delineation with HEC-GeoHMS and hydrologic physical modeling with HEC-HMS. The course starts with a summary and overview of significance of climate change studies for impact assessment on water resources. HEC-GeoHMS, an ArcGIS processor for HEC-HMS will be used for DEM processing, building HEC-HMS project, extraction basin characteristics, HMS parameters computations and export data to HMS model. The participants will gain hands-on experience in developing HMS model inputs through use of GIS and analyzing model results. Parameter estimation techniques will be instructed with supplemental use of optimization tools for refining estimates using observed data.
The practical applications of this course cover following areas: watershed modeling for urban flooding studies, flood-frequency studies, flood-loss reduction studies, flood-warning system planning studies, reservoir design studies, climate change impact assessment on water resources, and surface erosion and sediment routing studies
- Teacher: Mujtaba Hassan
This is a graduate-level course on remote sensing using active radar. It presents an overview of radar basics, fundamental building blocks of radar remote sensing, interaction of radar with targets, and different remote sensing applications.
It is expected that students will develop a quantitative understanding of radar system requirements for remote sensing, how different kind of targets interact with radar signals, and how the analysis of these returned signals can help us in gaining information about different properties of the target, e.g. composition, structure, shape etc. This course will NOT prepare you to build a radar hardware system, rather how the radar system can be used for remote sensing and extracting useful information from targets using remote sensing.
The first half of the course will be primarily theory-based; after the midterm, as we approach the applications phase of the course, lot of lab work and data processing will be involved as well.
A course project will let students work on processing and analyzing data acquired from a radar remote sensing instrument and dataset of their choice, and present the results. More details about the project will be provided during the course.
Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of mathematics / physics is required. Some knowledge of Fourier transforms, signal processing, etc. will help you to understand the content better, but is not a strict requirement. Knowing basics of programming will help students to gain more from this course, but is not a strict requirement
- Teacher: Dr. Waqas Qazi