5 day course
Change is an inherent characteristic of any natural environmental system. Recent increases in the rate, scale and complexity of human-environment interactions has reinforced the usefulness of simulation models as a means of predicting environmental change and of assessing the possible impacts on environmental systems. This course provides an introduction to the development and use of simulation models in hydrology.
- the role of modelling: objectives and concepts, types of models, model components
- modelling procedures: problem definition, boundary identification, data requirements, calibration and validation
- designing a conceptual model: use of ModelMaker simulation software to implement a simple model
- rainfall-runoff models: conceptual models, unit hydrograph models, mechanistic catchment models
- sensitivity analysis, parameterisation, calibration, validation, and evaluation
- case studies on the use of hydrological models
- assignment: application of a model to investigate the impacts of change on catchment hydrology
On successful completion of this course the delegate will be able to:
- Design a simple conceptual model of any hydrological system.
- Formally identify the structure of a model to represent a specified hydrological system.
- Select between alternative approaches to catchment modelling.
- Critically evaluate the usefulness of a model.
- Design, construct and apply a hydrological model within ModelMaker to meet stated objectives.
- Contribute effectively to a team through group work on a case study.
- Develop strategies for resolving conflict within teams.
- Manage time to work to deadlines.
- Use reflective practice to review your own performance and that of others.
- Develop technical report writing skills.