The Use of GIS in the Study of Water Resources

by Mark R. Leipnik, Vadose Zone Monitoring Lab,
Hugo Loaiciga, Vadose Zone Monitoring Lab,

Abstract: GIS is becoming an increasingly important tool to the water resource plannar and manager. However, in order to integrate GIS effectively into this field, current and future hydrologists and hydraulic engineers need systematic training in the elements of this technology. This paper provides an overview of GIS and discusses aspects of a GIS curriculum with respect to its general focus and content of both fundamental underpinnings and specific hydrologic applications. It also gives some insight into hardware and software requirements, and useful GIS texts and papers.

Subject Headings: Geographic information systems | Water resources | Computer software | Hydrology | Mapping | Engineering education | Information systems

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