Data handling, assessment and presentation for freshwater quality monitoring

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This course focuses on how to ensure that effective use is made of data from water quality monitoring programmes. Statistical techniques are demonstrated using freely available software through University College Cork (Ireland). Geographical Information Systems (GIS) are introduced for data storage, analysis and presentation. Statistical analyses and the associated presentation of the results are illustrated with worked examples. Key elements of a water quality assessment are presented.

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

  • Evaluate and recommend different data handling and storage options for water quality data.
  • Use freely available data storage and analysis software through University College Cork (Ireland).
  • Select examples of scenarios where GIS software is appropriate to store and analyse geographically referenced water quality data.
  • Select and demonstrate appropriate methods for presenting water quality data from a range of water bodies.

Fee information

The course fee is €400 for EU applicants and €800 for Non-EU applicants. For UNEP GEMS/Water sponsored students the course fee is €100. These candidates from developing countries should complete the Reduced Fee Form available on the website of the Centre. Applicants will be University College Cork (UCC) fully registered students and they will have access to the Learning Environment Canvas, through which the courses are delivered, and other resources of UCC such as the online Library.

How to register

Candidates should send to gemscdcadmin@ucc.ie the following documentation:

  • Application form available here.
  • Copy of Birth Certificate (or Certificate of Marriage if the name was changed).
  • CV.
  • Transcripts or parchment in English from your master’s degree/bachelor degree.
  • If English is not your first language, you should also supply an English Language Exam certificate.