Integrated Modeling in Hydrology


Course Objective

The objectives of this course are for the students to:
- get acquainted with the wide range of modeling tools used in
integrated hydrological studies
- understand the type of questions that can be answered using such tools
- acquire hands-on modelling skills and gain experience with some
commonly used analytical programs (Matlab/Python, GIS, Excel)

Course Content

The course is set up with a limited amount of lectures and two large
exercises. In these exercises the students will set up and apply their
own models from start to finish. The first exercise concerns a spatial
rainfall-runoff model using publicly available data sources. This model
will be used to simulate river discharge under current and future
climatic conditions, and results will be related to water resources
availability and associated measures. The second exercise is a flood
risk assessment where hazard, exposure and vulnerability will be
combined to estimate flood risks. Using the model, measures will be
evaluated on their risk reducing effect.

Teaching Methods

There will be a limited amount of lectures (in mornings) as the focus is
on the development of the two exercises. Practical sessions are
scheduled throughout the period where staff will be available to help
with technical questions and to help start up the model development. The
rest of the time students will work on their models, analyses and
reporting themselves.

Method of Assessment

Assessment will be done in the form of a report (50%) and a poster
presentation (50%) related to the assignments.


Relevant course reading material (papers, reports) will be provided via

Target Audience

Hydrology MSc students and other earth sciences related MSc programs

General Information

Course Code AM_1165
Credits 6 EC
Period P3
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. H. de Moel
Examiner dr. H. de Moel
Teaching Staff dr. H. de Moel
prof. dr. P.J. Ward

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Computer lab
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