from £549


Spring 2025

The feedback for this course in 2021 was 100% positive.

With a special focus on Africa and Asia.


  • Interactive online course
  • Bespoke courses at your location
  • Wallingford

UKCEH, Maclean Building, Crowmarsh Gifford Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BB, UK
Wallingford location and accommodation guide (update Sep 2022)


Students from £549
Professionals from £649
The above prices are the early bird discount, thereafter £100 more. 


Winter 2023/2024
3 days

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Short course description: 

This interactive 3-day course will give you a working understanding of hydrological data information systems, data quality control and management, drawing on the expertise of UKCEH. UKCEH oversees the collation, management, preservation and dissemination of streamflow measurements from agencies across the UK, advising measuring authorities.  Using a combination of presentations and practical exercises, you will learn about techniques and technologies for hydrometric data management. 

Learning outcome:

By the end of the course, you will have a working understanding of hydrological data information systems, data quality control and management.

Course objectives:

  1. Learn about roles and responsibilities for database management, from field to office
  2. Better understand database systems: general principles of data management systems for water management
  3. Find out about principles of systems for data monitoring, recording and transmission (e.g. telemetry)
  4. Improve your knowledge and skills on data management: entry and editing, completion, transformation, compilation, analysis, reporting; Data Management Plans; data exchange between systems (models, GIS, spreadsheets and databases)
  5. Understand the importance of quality control: validation, detection and correction of errors, interpolation of missing data, data flags
  6. Learn how you can better manage hydrological metadata
  7. Use GIS as a tool for hydrological applications: principles of geographical information storage and manipulation; role of GIS in enhanced utilisation of river flow data

Target audience:

  • National hydrological and meteorological services and agencies in Asia, Africa and South America
  • Charities working in the development sector
  • Consultants
  • PhD and academics preparing to work on hydrological projects in a ‘developing country’ context


Medium - You need to have an understanding of concepts and techniques used in hydrometry and streamflow and precipitation measurements.



Hardware and software requirements: 

You will need a desktop or laptop computer and access to the internet.
We will use Microsoft Excel for the course, with optional use of R programming language for some exercises.

Having a webcam is desirable (but not essential). If you plan to participate from an open-plan office or noisy environment, please wear headphones with a built-in microphone.


For the courses run at UKCEH Wallingford, the cost of accommodation is not included in the course fee. You may find the Wallingford location and accommodation guide (update Sep 2022) useful to give you an indication of the accommodation cost

Course leaders:

Catherine Sefton, Senior Hydrologist, UKCEH 
Catherine is a hydrologist with 25 year’s experience in research and operational hydrology, including the collection, quality control, archiving, analysis and application of hydrological data.  She is currently the Data Quality Coordinator of the UK’s National River Flow Archive, responsible for long-term improvements in the flow data and metadata holdings, and delivering training on hydrological data management. 

Stephen Turner, hydrologist, UKCEH

Course developers:

Catherine Sefton, Senior Hydrologist, UKCEH
Matt Fry, Environmental Informatics Manager, UKCEH

Previous course participants said: 

The Hydrological Data Management training UKCEH delivered for the Department of Meteorology and Hydrology in Myanmar in 2021 had 100% positive feedback.

“This Training is good for us. I learned how to apply the knowledge of the Data Management Cycle to my job.” (learner, DMH Myanmar, 2021)