Online Training Programme on GIS and Remote Sensing for Designing & Implementing Green Infrastructure

The course is now completed

The School of Water & Waste, CSE organised a 2-part online training on GIS and Remote Sensing for Designing and Implementing Green Infrastructure. Part A (Basics) was conducted on the CSE Moodle Platform from 23 June – 9 July, 2021 with a commitment of 16 hours and Part B (Advanced) was conducted on the Zoom Platform from 28-30 July, 2021 with a commitment of 12 hours. The course was attended by a total of 64 participants from 39 cities across 4 countries.

This tailor-made course was aimed to equip practitioners, managers and regulators with state of are tools and techniques on GIS and Remote Sensing (RS) for water-sensitive urban design and planning and green infrastructure in urban areas. The GIS Package utilized in the course was the latest Long Term Release version of the open-source Quantum-GIS: Q-GIS 3.16.

The course content for Part A (Basics) consists of three modules, uploaded on the CSE Moodle Platform providing articles, tutorials and videos related importance of GIS in urban water and sanitation management, installation of Q-GIS and performing basic analysis and preparation of thematic maps. Practical workbook and GIS data for undertaking all the exercises was also provided by CSE, so that participants can practice hands-on.

The course content for Part B (Advanced) consists of one module on the various analysis to be conducted for planning, designing and implementing green infrastructure in cities, which was conducted virtually on the Zoom Platform. Expert lectures were also conducted on for topics related to stormwater modelling, flood vulnerability assessment, etc.

Part A
Module 1: Introduction to GIS and Remote Sensing
This module focussed on the importance of GIS and RS for planning, designing and implementing green infrastructure and water-sensitive urban design strategies, highlighting the various opportunities, applications and best practices on the same. This module also provided information on Q-GIS and how it can be downloaded and installed.

Module 2: Extracting and analysing GIS and Remote Sensing Data
The module sensitised participants on the various types of GIS and RS data; and how to extract the various types of data from web-portals like OpenStreetMaps, USGS Earth Explorer, Bhuvan Portal, Survey of India, Census of India, etc., and how these can be used in Q-GIS. Participants were also exposed to the various plug-ins which are used for undertaking analysis on Q-GIS. The module was concluded by an exercise on Geo-referencing a toposheet, and image on image georeferencing.

Module 3: Preparing Maps - I: Digitization and Symbology
The module focussed on how to create, edit and symbolize shapefiles. It also exposed participants on the use of query analysis for preparing thematic maps for green infrastructure and water-sensitive design and water & sanitation infrastructure. Participants were also exposed on how to join excel spreadsheets in GIS and adding and analysing attribute data. The module was concluded with various tools and techniques of preparing a layout map, and use of appropriate symbology; and an exercise to prepare a map layout.

Part A was assessed based on a Quiz (40% weightage) and an assignment (60% weightage). A total of 48 participants successfully completed the quiz while 35 participants completed both the quiz and the assignment.

Part B
Module: Analysis for water-sensitive design and green infrastructure
The module focussed on the various analysis for water-sensitive design and green infrastructure. On Day 1, Mr Dhruv Pasricha, CSE conducted a virtual session on land cover mapping. He demonstrated the land cover mapping using satellite images by executing supervised classification technique using the SCP plug-in. Mr Pasricha also demonstrated the buffer area and proximity analysis for green infrastructure and water & sanitation infrastructure. The day was concluded with a discussion on queries for Part A and introduction to the exercise for land cover mapping.

Day 2 of Part B began with an expert lecture on the Drainage Masterplan for Delhi, conducted by Prof (Dr) A.K. Gosain, Professor Emeritus, IIT Delhi. He walked through the various nuances on the preparation of the plan w.r.t. types of data and its availability, stormwater modelling, applicability of these techniques, etc. An informal discussion forum, moderated by Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla, Senior Director, CSE was conducted, with discussions around the challenges on data availability and usability. The session was concluded with a demonstration of the flood warning system developed by Prof Gosain and his team, which provides real-time information and flood forecasting for India.

Day 2 was concluded by a session on stream network and watershed delineation, conducted by Ms Charu Upadhyay, CSE. She demonstrated the process of downloading of digital elevation models, and using the same to delineate stream networks and watershed for any desired point on Q-GIS.

On day 3, an interactive Q&A session was held with discussions on scope of using Q-GIS and RS for various aspects of planning and designing green infrastructure, queries regarding exercises from Part A and B. A detailed discussion was held by Ms Charu Upadhyay on application of GIS and RS for groundwater analysis. Day 3 was concluded by an expert lecture delivered by Dr Pramod Kumar, Scientist, IIRS Dehradun on Flood Vulnerability Assessment for Bhubaneshwar. He focussed on the datasets used by his team, and the application of modelling techniques for the same. He also shared the various modalities and nuances of remote sensing applications for green infrastructure planning in cities. Day 3 was concluded with a short feedback session of the participants.

Post the virtual sessions, participants were required to submit a final assignment as part of assessment. A total of 26 participants completed the assignment, while all other completed the practical workbooks for Part B.

For more information on the training programme kindly contact:

Training Coordinator

Dhruv Pasricha
Programme Officer
Centre for Science and Environment, New Delhi, India
Tel: +91-11-40616000, 29955124, 299956110 ext. 322
Mob. +91 8527447891

Training Director

Dr Suresh Kumar Rohilla
Senior Director & Academic Director,
(School of Water and Waste, Anil Agarwal Environment Training Institute – AAETI)



Feedback of Participants
“Thank you for the very informative sessions. Thank you Dhruv & Charu for your efforts for making the sessions enjoyable & educative. Thanks to all active participants for helping to clear the doubts.”
Avinash Vyawahare, Housing Development and Infrastructure Ltd., Mumbai, India
“The course material and practical workbooks are really interesting. This course provides me a lot of insight into how a person without a GIS background can learn and try and work on GIS. The shaping of the course has been really good. I have been able to learn GIS and this has been a really interesting set-up to learn, understand and use GIS.”
Tarika Gulati, Alluvium Consulting, Gurugram, India
“Thank you very much for such a well-structured course. Appreciate the patience and zeal to clear our doubts and queries. Thank you CSE, Dhruv Sir and Charu Ma'am.”
Sanjana Srikanth, Architect, Mysuru
“Thank you so much for the sessions. It was really nice. Special thanks to Mr. Dhruv & Ms. Charu. Thanks to all my 'classmates' as well.”
Brijesh V K, M E S Ponnani College, Mallapuram, India
“Many thanks to the CSE team and the guest speakers for this program. Definitely has been enlightening and informative.”
Aritri Mazumdar, National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Ltd., Delhi, India
“Thanks to Dhruv, Charu & esteemed guest speakers...Very well structured and informative course. The training has helped me to develop the appreciation on GIS. Will strive to sincerely go through the workbooks and try to practice. Many thanks.”
Ashok Emani, National Investment and Infrastructure Fund Ltd., Delhi, India
“Thank you to CSE team for informative session and excellent design of the training module.”
Dr Madhuri Kumari, Amity University, Noida, India
“Thank you very much to all the speakers Dr Rohilla, Dhruv sir and Charu ma'am for fully dedicated three days and their patience and for the course material and workbooks. The course materials are really excellent. It is helpful for easy understanding. The discussion session also nice. Congrats for successful completion of this knowledgeful training.”
Paras Mongia, Sushant University, Gurugram, India
“I appreciate the course coordinators efforts in interacting and resolving issues through portal which is a new way to discuss and interact. I like the arrangement of study material provided.”
Jeciliya Selva Kiruba S, IFET College of Engineering, Kallakurichi, India
“The course was a solid introduction to GIS tools. The exercises were interesting, complex enough to give students a flavour of the strengths of GIS, and simple enough to not overwhelm them. The step-by-step practical workbooks were particularly helpful in this regard. And the live interaction in the second half of the course was great too.”
Lav Kanoi, Yale University, USA
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