CEG8526 : Hydrosystems Modelling and Management

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The module aims are to:
•       Introduce different types of modelling approaches used to represent and manage natural catchment and river systems, and water infrastructure.
•       Develop understanding of methods and skills used in modelling.
•       Apply different modelling approaches to practical problems relevant to the water industry.

The module introduces the background to different types of modelling used to represent both natural hydrological systems and water resources infrastructure. Different modelling concepts and approaches are described, from relatively simple lumped models through to complex physically based models for catchments, hydraulic models of rivers and infrastructure systems, stochastic rainfall models, and broader systems-based approaches. Essential tools and methods are presented to address problems of model calibration, testing, and uncertainty. Advanced hydroinformatic skills are developed, from use of python programming for data and model management, to application of software products currently used in the water industry. Case studies address use of modelling for practical problems of water management in catchments and cities under pressures including climate change.

Outline Of Syllabus

•       Introductions to modelling concepts and procedures, including calibration, validation, uncertainty, optimization
•       Model types, selection, and limitations
•       Use of python for data preparation and model management
•       Time-series rainfall models – including point-based and spatial models
•       Catchment rainfall-runoff models
•       Water resources models
•       Hydrodynamic river and floodplain models
•       Modelling of urban water systems (storm sewer system models, water distribution network models)
•       Introduction to groundwater models
•       National/regional scale modelling, including Land Surface Models
•       Systems modelling approaches, incorporating wider issues (e.g. economic and environmental impacts and constraints)
•       Introduction to global and regional climate models, and use of outputs with hydrological models for impact assessments
•       Use of scenarios with models for decision making

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion136:0036:00Coursework 2 Case Study
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion130:0030:00Coursework 1 Written Exercise
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical142:0042:00Computer Practicals
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading113:3013:30directed research and reading
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesPractical11:301:30examination
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study132:0032:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study115:0015:00Revision for exams
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The basic qualitative and quantitative understanding represented by the knowledge outcomes is imparted via a mix of formal teaching and tutorial sessions with active student participation. The tutorial sessions provide an opportunity for students to improve their grasp of the subject, to question the lecturer and to practice the analytical and solution techniques. Two coursework assignments (written exercise) provide opportunity for application of the acquired knowledge. The exam allows for all aspects of the module material to be examined.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A30unseen written exam
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M20Modelling Exercise, setting up and applying a simple model, using appropriate methods (1 written exercise, approx. 6 page
Case study1M50Software Application (1 written exercise, approx. 8 pages)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam will assess the individual students understanding of fundamental theoretical concepts. The development of material and delivery of the oral presentation will be assessed to cover skills in group working and understanding and concise presentation of a wide range of material. The individual written report assesses the student’s individual understanding in depth of the course material and concepts, as well their report writing skills.

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