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Unit Overview


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

will 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.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face

Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of groundwater flow modelling; (2) construct, run and interpret the outputs of groundwater flow models; and (3) effectively communicate groundwater modelling results in a written report as required for groundwater resource management.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) short answer questions with calculations; (2) laboratory exercises; and (3) groundwater modelling project. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Jim McCallum
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) GEOS4401 Hydrogeological Systems
or prior approval
Contact hours
lectures/labs: 2 x 4 hrs per week for 6 weeks. Total workload is 150 hours.
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