CEG8526 : Hydrosystems Modelling and Management
- Offered for Year: 2019/20
- Module Leader(s): Dr Geoffrey Parkin
- Lecturer: Professor Chris Kilsby, Dr Elizabeth Lewis, Professor Hayley Fowler
- Owning School: Engineering
- Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
|Semester 1 Credit Value:||20|
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
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||36:00||36:00||Coursework 2 Case Study|
|Guided Independent Study||Assessment preparation and completion||1||30:00||30:00||Coursework 1 Written Exercise|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Lecture||30||1:00||30:00||N/A|
|Guided Independent Study||Directed research and reading||1||13:30||13:30||directed research and reading|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||1||1:30||1:30||examination|
|Scheduled Learning And Teaching Activities||Practical||1||42:00||42:00||Computer Practicals|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||15:00||15:00||Revision for exams|
|Guided Independent Study||Independent study||1||32:00||32:00||Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material.|
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.
The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners
|Written Examination||90||1||A||30||unseen written exam|
|Written exercise||1||M||20||Modelling Exercise, setting up and applying a simple model, using appropriate methods (1 written exercise, approx. 6 page|
|Case study||1||M||50||Software 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.