Introduction GIS and Remote Sensing in Flood Risk Assessment

CPD Course

This course aims to introduce the latest Geomatics (Geographical Information System, Remote sensing and Hydrological modelling software). The module will provide participants with an introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Remote Sensing (RS) and basic QGIS to enable effective flood risk evaluation.

Participants will be exposed to industry-standard hydrological models and Geographical Information Systems (e.g. ArcGIS) software  applicable to flood plain mapping, flood inundation mapping, flood depth evaluation and visualisation of flood data. Furthermore, participants will also be shown how to utilise and manipulate LIDAR data for use in these models.


"Nice class size, engaging and friendly tutors."

Katy Francis, Environment Agency

"I was very impressed with the level of detail in the course and the knowledge and backgrounds of the tutors."

Ian Crabb, Environment Agency


"Overall, a very good course allowing an introduction to software."

James Playfair, Atkins Global


"The GIS and remote sensing course provided the depth and understanding needed to improve my applied skills in the context of flood risk management."

Sharma Visuvalingam, United Utilities

Campus Parkgate Road Campus, Chester
Course CPD Course
Length 1 day - Date TBA

Led by:

  • Dr Servel Miller (PhD, MSc, PGDip, PgCert, BSc. FHEA, FRGS, CGeog. Dip.)
  • Dr Katharine Welsh (PhD, BSc)

 What are the benefits of participating?

  • Certificate of completion
  • Course certified by CPD Certification Service
  • Course accredited by CIWEM
  • Practitioner-led course
  • Access to tutors for up to one month after course date
  • Affordable Continuing Professional Development course
  • Learn about the recent research
  • Network with experts and peers in the field of flood risk assessment
  • Hands-on experience
  • Access to University of Chester library resources for two months after course date
  • Access to University of Chester online learning space
  • Access to industry standard software
  • A copy of the course notes to take away


The course will be delivered using a mixture of the following:

  • Presentations and discussions
  • Interactive group exercises
  • Computer-based exercises


You will learn about:

  • Basic Flood Modelling
  • Remote Sensing Principles
  • Flood Visualisation using ArcGIS
  • Using LIDAR data in flood modelling
  • Field Verification of LIDAR data
  • Remote Sensing in Flood Analysis
  • Visual analysis
  • Geostatistical analysis


What are the learning outcomes?

Successful students will meet the following Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge and Understanding 

1. Understand the application of geomatics techniques to flood risk evaluation

2. Understand how to utilise and apply flood models

3. Understand the role of LIDAR data in flood risk evaluation

Subject-specific Skills 

4. Learn how to use industry standard models and visualisation software

5. Ability to manipulate spatial data

6. Learn how to use LIDAR data in numerical models

Key Skills 

7. Abstract and synthesise information from a variety of sources

8. Demonstrate an ability to take a reasoned and logical approach to problem solving

There is no formal assessment for the course but a certificate will only be issued upon completion of class-based exercise.

Prerequisites: No qualifications required.

Available to: This is a valuable course for landscape architects, consultancies, planners, developers, local authorities and geoscience students/graduates who wish to gain hands on experience of using industry standard GIS and Remote Sensing software within a flood risk assessment framework.