GEOS5501 Groundwater Flow Modelling

6 points
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
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.
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.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Adam Siade
Unit rules
GEOS4401 Hydrogeological Systems or equivalent, or 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.
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