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Module

CEG8526 : Hydrosystems Modelling and Management

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Geoffrey Parkin
  • Lecturer: Dr Elizabeth Lewis, Professor Hayley Fowler, Dr Stephen Blenkinsop, Professor Chris Kilsby, Mr Vassilis Glenis
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

Assessment Methods

Module leaders are revising this content in light of the Covid 19 restrictions.
Revised and approved detail information will be available by 17 August.

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Timetable