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This ILWIS User’s Guide has been rewritten and extended by Raymond Nijmeijer Figure The process of tunneling using two different tunnel widths. Today I’ll start with a new series of tutorials for an open Source GIS called “ILWIS GIS“. ILWIS is the short term for “Integrated Land and Water. A complete package: ○ image processing. ○ spatial analysis. ○ digital mapping . ○ Easy to learn and use: ○ full on-line help. ○ extensive tutorials for direct.

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Under Save as browse to the desired folder location for your projected DEM and rename it. This tutorial covers the most ilwiw hydrological tools for a more simple and basic hydrological analysis using ILWIS. Drainage Network Ordering operation finds all drainage line in the Drainage Network and their nodes, and applies a unique ID to each stream.

Flow direction depicts a main direction of flow tutoorial. This tutorial will focus on its ability to use Digital Elevation Models DEMs to run hydrological analyses of a study region. The objective of this tutorial is to provide users with a better understanding of how the hydrological analyses within ILWIS works, in addition to providing the instructions necessary to reach the desired output for their study region.

More information on the operation can be found at the Drainage Network Ordering tutorual. In the future, newer versions may also be possible, but the tutorial will need to be verified ilwiz them. Flow Accumulation is calculated from the map created in Flow Direction, counting the number of cells that would drain into outlets based on the flow direciton.


This is determined by a moving 3×3 window for every single pixel, based on its neighbouring pixels height values.

The threshold value in this operation is the minimum value required for a flow to be considered True in a drainage network, all cells with a value lower than the threshold will be classified as False. The pixel value is determined by the Flow Accumulation Map and a threshold value.

It is an open source Geographic Information System software program that was designed to be a user-friendly integrated software that contains both raster and vector tutoroal capabilities, allowing for both analyses on remotely sensed images, vector maps and numerous spatial modeling abilities.

The output map will show the different sub watershed and the flow length for each cell to reach the outlet.

For a more in-depth analysis look into the topics not covered in this tutorial.

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Retrieved from ” https: This will create a map showing the distance a flow must travel to reach the outlet of a given watershed. The table lists all the streams with ID values, coordinates, lengths, slope of drainage.

This operation is commonly used to determine potential drainage patterns of terrain. Output consists of both a map and a Table. This project will focus on hydrological analysis of Okanagan Lake, a popular tourist destination in British Columbia, Canada. To determine the flow length of a specific cell, use the normal mouse cursor and click on the area of interest. Navigation Main page Recent ilwie Random page Help. More information on the operation can be found at the Drainage Network Extraction webpage.


The flow direction operation tutorjal into which neighbouring pixel any water from a given pixel would flow. Keeping all your data in one folder will make analysis easier. Operations that have not been covered but should be considered when desiring a more in-depth and accurate analysis include:.

Exploring Hydrological Analyses using ILWIS

You will have to navigate to the working folder and select the DEM. Before starting any analysis, create your working folder and ensure all data needed for the exercise are in this folder. Fills should be run on DEMs to remove any local depressions, which can cause tytorial in following hydrological analyses. Flow Accumulation performs a cumulative count of the number of pixels that would flow into any given cell on the way to an outlet.

Overland Flow Length overland distance towards the ‘nearest’ drainage for each pixel based on flow paths available from the Flow Direction Map. This can be downloaded from the QGIS website.

The ilws is boolean and will illustrate the drainage as pixels with value True, while all other pixels have value of False. The flow length value in metres will appear in the table on the bottom left portion of the screen. In order to carry out this exercise, a DEM of the area of interest is needed. Personal ilais Log in. This can be seen in Figure Drainage Network Extraction extracts a drainage ilais map.