Topic outline

  • Theme lecture

    The theme lecture is available at the following web-page:

    ppt with reply to feedback

    Prezi presentation of the water use

    Hands-on exercise

    For the hands-on exercise, we will provide you with a new exercise script. In the beginning of the hands-on session, we will fetch the exercise script together. However, you can pull the script (exercise4_wateruse.Rmd) already before the session and browse it through if you like (this is voluntary). If you'd like to watch a recap on how a git pull is performed, see the hands-on training recordings on Teams.

    We will go through the exercise script step by step during the hands-on sessions. Again, the script contains few tasks marked with # TODO, which you can try filling in. We will provide model answers to all tasks after the session in another script.

    For potential use in your home assignments, we also provide a raster layer depicting environmental flow requirements (EFR) in Data/wateruse/EFR_fraction_annual_1971_2010.tif. This describes the fraction of discharge/runoff used by the natural environment. See details in the tab Supporting materials (R and Data) and in the metadata text files in the course repository.

    Written instructions on how to update course material are given below.

    1. Open your project from the wp-course-fall22.Rproj file
    2. In RStudio, select Tools -> Shell

    3. Verify that the shell is in the wp-course-fall22 folder. In Aalto VDI, the current directory of the shell is highlighted in yellow. If there's a cyan (master/main) tag after the path, the shell is in the correct directory. Changing directories can be done with the command cd path/to/directory.

    4. Commit any previous work according to the instructions in this video (note that the video is from 2021). The working tree should be clean as shown below. The output before the working tree can be "Your branch is XXX commits ahead of 'origin/master'" but that is expected and nothing special needs to be done for it.

    5. Type git pull into the shell and press enter.
    6. The shell pulls the changes from the version control system to your folder wp-course-fall22.
    7. If you pull again, you should get "Already up to date." which means that you're good to go.

    Home assignment

    1. Discover water use patterns and trends in your study area 


    1. please develop your own research question
    2. produce one page pdf (A4/A3) with following structure: a) title; b) research question and short introduction; c) maps, graphs, etc of the results with captions d) interpretation of the results
    3. you can get help to possible problems by a) searching from internet: there are many people with similar problems; b) posting question to the Discussion channel in Teams; c) coming to Thursday workshop and Monday helpdesk, or d) asking us or your fellow students directly
    4. once you are happy with the end result, please submit the work (see below Submission)

    Ideas for research questions - please note that from now on, innovative research questions and set up will result higher points

    • Irrigation water consumption trends vs cropland expansion
    • environmental flows compared to human induced water uses
    • trends in water use within different parts of a basin / trends in share of different water use sectors over time

    This weeks illustration typevector graphic map and '100% stacked bar graph'; include either one to the home assignment! See example charts under 'Visualisation guides and examples' -tab 

    Submission: please submit the assignment by using the submission icon below. 

    2. Final presentation

    I have now opened the tab for the final presentation - please take a look. It would be good to start slowly thinking about the presentation and what you would like to present in it. 

    Thursday workshop

    Thursday workshop

    On Thursdays we have a workshop (see Schedule for location) in where you can get help on the home assignment.  In the video below, there is a short introduction how to enhance vector maps in illustrator.

    Video on the illustrator part 4 - vector maps (year 2021)

    • Please submit the 4th assignment here; instructions are given in the main page. 

      Please remember: submission is due on Mon 21.11. at 23:55. Should you submit the assingment late, you'll get only 70% of the points. The submission will be closed completely a week after DL, after which you are not able to submit the assignment. 

      Before submission, please check:

      • your home assignment fits to one page
      • the format of the submission is pdf
      • assignment includes either vector graphic map or 100% stacked bar plot