GEOS5501 Groundwater Flow Modelling

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Groundwater modelling is an essential and widely used technique to quantify hydrogeological processes in water resource management. Models may be used to analyse the characteristics of groundwater flow systems (water balance, groundwater flow rates, residence times, etc.) and to predict the future response to natural and anthropogenic impacts and management scenarios. This unit teaches the theoretical and practical aspects of numerical groundwater flow modelling. The students learn how to develop conceptual models of groundwater flow systems and develop corresponding numerical models. Topics include model construction and discretisation, boundary conditions, model calibration, etc. This unit is designed to give students the information to successfully construct their own models and be able to use these skills in the workforce across consultancy, resource exploitation, research and regulation.
Students are able to (1) understand the fundamentals of groundwater hydrologic modelling; (2) obtain skills for constructing and analysing numerical groundwater models and for reporting the results; and (3) understand advanced groundwater modelling techniques (e.g, model calibration) and reporting of results.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) assignment 1 (short answer questions with calculations); (2) assignment 2 (laboratory exercises); and (3) groundwater modelling project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Adam Siade
Unit rules
GEOS4401 Hydrogeological Systems
approval of unit coordinator
EART8713 Advances in Hydrogeology
Contact hours
lectures/labs: 2 x 4 hrs per week for 6 weeks. Total workload is 150 hours.
Unit Outline
Non-standard teaching period [TS-TP-3 ]
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