Environmental Science Education Program
WHO WE ARE?
WHAT WE OFFER?
Modul 1 – 3D Geology Modeling (building better conceptual models)
In this 8 hours online course participants will learn how to build a 3D geological model with state of art GeoModeller 4. Also, at the end of the course participants will learn how 3D geology model constructed in GeoModeller can be translated to MODFLOW or FEFLOW.
Exercise 1: Build a geo-located 3D model of the ‘Jura Syncline’ constrained by drilling and surface mapping
Exercise 2: Add a fault network to your ‘Jura Syncline’ model
Exercise 3: Geo-locate an image of a regional geological cross-section and digitize data to further constrain your ‘Jura Syncline’ model
Exercise 4: Add down-hole rock property data to your Jura Syncline model, and perform inverse distance interpolation (creating a new mesh for the entire model space)
- 30-day GeoModeller software licenses for each attendee
- Electronic handouts
- Copies of all models, data and PowerPoint presentation
Module 2 – Groundwater Flow Modeling
Instructor of this course, Dragan Kaludjerovic,PhD, has 20 years in groundwater flow modeling practice and training. First course he held was 1997. and continuously from that year he is giving groundwater flow and contaminant transport courses worldwide.
- Overview and fundamentals of MODFLOW
- History and applications of MODFLOW and MODPATH
- Review of numerical grids, boundary conditions, solvers, etc.
- Review of case studies applying MODFLOW, MODPATH and MT3DMS
- Construction of a simple MODFLOW model with MODPATH.
- Numerical design, two boundary conditions, constant head, river, well, well head capture, drain, changing boundary condition type
- Construction of a real world case model, assigning no flow and river boundary conditions, importing top and bottom of aquifer in model
- Moving into the third dimension, 5 layer model, transient simulation
- Calibration of models using a real case study, applying PEST and the pilot point method of calibration
Module 3 – Contaminant Hydrogeology and Remediation
It is realty that active groundwater remediation technologies have a limited success in lowering contaminants to regulatory levels. Either as solo remedy technology or applying it after active remediation methods MNA is more and more used.
Groundwater remediation is used for petroleum hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, explosives and other contaminants.
The author of this online course got his PhD on this topic in 2008 and continuously upgrade his knowledge through practice and learning state of art new technologies. Currently he is at specialization at The Johns Hopkins University – Environmental Engineering.
The material for the course is gathered from different, trusted, sources and the main value of this online course is to give you right information from materials that are synthesized based on 15 years research and practice.
Module 4 – Watershed Modeling
SWAT was developed to predict the impact of climate and management (e.g. vegetative changes, reservoir management, groundwater withdrawals, and water transfer) on water, sediment, and agricultural chemical yields in large un-gauged basins
SWAT Model Description
The Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT) model (Arnold et al., 1998) is the continuation of a long-term effort of nonpoint source pollution modeling by the USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS), including development of CREAMS (Knisel, 1980), SWRRB (Williams et al., 1985; Arnold et al., 1990), and ROTO (Arnold et al., 1995).
SWAT was developed to predict the impact of climate and management (e.g. vegetative changes, reservoir management, groundwater withdrawals, and water transfer) on water, sediment, and agricultural chemical yields in large un-gauged basins. To satisfy the objective, the model (a) is physically based; (b) uses readily available inputs; (c) is computationally efficient to operate on large basins in a reasonable time; and (d) is continuous time and capable of simulating long periods for computing the effects of management changes. SWAT allows a basin to be divided into hundreds or thousands of grid cells or sub-watersheds.
SWAT is GIS based model and for pre/post processing QGIS and ArcGIS is used.
SWAT 1 on 1 ONLINE Course
When hydrology watershed modeling is in question learning by example is the best way. On that way participant is working with the area with which he is familiar with so in this course we will use data from your area. We will point you to databases in your region or World Data bases if local is not available. What we need to build a SWAT model is DEM (digital elevation model), Land Use/Land Cover, Soil map and climate data.
The 1 on 1 ONLINE course to learn SWAT should last about 10 hours and on the end the participant will be able to develop its own hydrology watershed model.
Ask for demo presentation of our recent SWAT models!
Module 5 – Calibration and Uncertainty Prediction
Learning zone based approach in using PEST is the prerequisite for moving to more advanced PEST use, highly parameterized inversion with regularization and model uncertainty analysis.
This 1 on 1 (or 1 to many) online course about PEST use was developed as results of years of teaching and consulting with environmental modeling
All below steps will be shown on real case studies from authors practice:
- General steps to run PEST
- How to prepare model to work with PEST
- Choosing Parameter to Adjust
- Input and output files of PEST in Vistas
- How to set up PEST run in Groundwater Vistas
- PEST parameters
- Watching PEST running
- Sensitivities, correlation and multiple correlations between parameters
- SVD technique to reduce the number of insensitive parameters
- Parameter identifiability
1st lecture, duration 1 hour
Quick set up of pilot points in PEST and first calibration run – example from previous course on zone-based approach
2nd class and 3rd class
- Video lecture
- Types of regularizations – preferred homogeneity and preferred value
- How to setup regularization options in PEST
- Creation of Regularized Pilot Point PEST Dataset
SVD Assist – Singular Value Decomposition – another way to regularize calibration. Combination of Pilot Points and SVD is currently considered as the best approach to groundwater model calibration
A little bit about PEST++ plus recapitulation and Q&A
Application of pilot point approach to example from client
1 hour of video about history of highly parameterized inversion
Module 6 – Remote Sensing
After this course participants will understand theory behind remote sensing and its practical application in geology, hydrogeology, agriculture, forestry… Every lecture is covered with video material which is sent to attendees.
Introduction to remote sensing and application of satellite imageries in engineering work
1st lecture, duration 1 hour
- What is remote sensing?
- Electromagnetic spectrum, wavelengths, frequency of electromagnetic radiation from Sun
- Interaction of electromagnetic radiation from Sun with objects on Earth
- Types of platforms that carries sensors on satellites
- Historical overview of remote sensing
- Basic information about Landsat series of satellites
2nd lecture, duration 1 hour
- Spatial resolution of satellite images
- Spectral resolution of satellite images
- Radiometric resolution of satellite images
- Temporal resolution of satellite images
3rd lecture, duration 1 hour
- Theory and application of Landsat series of satellites
- Landsat overview: History, Capabilities and Application
- Composite images
- Example use cases of Landsat data
- Landsat data discovery and access (learn how to download and use Landsat images)
4th lecture, duration 1 hour
- Theory and application of Sentinel 2A satellite
- Sentinel 2A data discovery and access (learn how to download and use Sentinel 2A images)
5th lecture, duration 1 hour
- Theory and application of ASTER satellite
- Introduction to ASTER sensor
- Description of ASTER data products
- Example use cases of ASTER data
- How to download ASTER data
Specialization part of remote sensing course, about 2 hours:
Image Analysis for natural fractures, fracture traces, and lineaments
Attendees to this one to two hour presentation will learn:
- Significance for Sitting of Water Supply Wells
- Nomenclature of Fractures, Fracture Traces, and Lineaments
- Techniques of Analysis and Mapping of Fractures, Fracture Traces, and Lineaments
- Open Source GIS (QGIS) Analysis and Mapping of Fractures, Fracture Traces, and Lineaments
Each attendee will receive copy of published foundational professional papers for future reference. Instructor is available following the course for questions. The ultimate goal of this course is that each attendee is successful in the application of scientific concepts and operational protocols taught.
Module 7 – GIS
The 1 on 1 course for QGIS (it is FREE GIS) is lasting about 8 hours and it is followed by recorded video material. It is intended for complete beginners. A lot of additional info is received in form of different pdf’s.
This course is basis for groundwater modeling work, hydrology, remote sensing, hydrogeological investigations, contaminant investigations and almost every field of engineering (agriculture, ecology, forestry..)
Here are the lectures for QGIS:
- Open and view data
- Print composer
- Working with attributes
- Import data from spreadsheet (LibreOffice and Excel)
- Basic vector styling
- Creating custom SVG symbols
- Labeling points
- Calculating line lengths and statistics
- Basic raster styling and analysis
- Raster mosaicking and clipping
- Working with terrain data
- Working with WMS data
- Georeferencing topo-sheets and scanned maps
- Atlas generation
- Digitizing map data
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