|Semester 2 Credit Value:||10|
The aim of the module is to develop groundwater modelling skills and to develop an understanding of subsurface flow regimes, the way in which conceptual models of a groundwater system can be built, and how appropriate modelling software can be used to test and refine that understanding.
To provide a sound introduction to MODFLOW and related packages within industry-standard graphical user interfaces.
* Groundwater flow processes.
* Numerical methods for groundwater modelling.
* Conceptual model development.
* Introduction to groundwater modelling software.
* Model calibration.
* Environment Agency approach to groundwater Modelling.
* Case Study.
On completion of the Course the participant should understand:
Good practice in groundwater flow and transport modelling
The nature of conceptual, mathematical and numerical models of groundwater systems
The use of data in groundwater modelling
The processes of model calibration, validation and sensitivity analysis.
On completion of the Course the participant should have achieved the following skills:
Develop a conceptual model of a groundwater flow system from typical data sets
Translate a conceptual model into a numerical model
Set up and run groundwater flow problems using MODFLOW within industry-standard graphical user interfaces.
|Graduate Skills Framework Applicable:||Yes|
|Category||Activity||Number||Length||Student Hours||Academic Staff Contact Hours||Comment|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||2||21:00||42:00||0:00||2 written exercises (Simple groundwater modelling & Regional groundwater modelling).|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||8||1:00||8:00||8:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||5||3:00||15:00||15:00||N/A|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Small group teaching||7||1:00||7:00||7:00||Made up of a 1 hour Seminar & 6 x 1 hour Tutorials.|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||28:00||28:00||0:00||Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.|
Teaching and learning methods are mostly practical-based to address problem solving and software skills development, supported by necessary theory-based lectures.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written exercise||2||M||100||2 written exercises at 50% each (1. Simple Groundwater Modelling (8 page max), 2. Regional Groundwater Modelling (8 page max)).|
This module is focused on practical use of groundwater modelling software. Therefore, the assessment is based on 100% coursework. The first written exercise requires the student to build a new simple groundwater model, and to explore how the use of model grids and boundary conditions affect the result. This tests the students' ability to develop their own model, and their understanding of some of the theory underlying model development. The second written exercise is based on software used within the water industry in the UK, and requires the student to explore a real case study of a full-scale regional groundwater system. This tests the students' ability to handle and interpret complex datasets related to a real-world water resources application.
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