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Short Course Modeling of Hydrosystems


IAHR-EGW Short Course Modeling of Hydrosystems


Berlin, Germany
October 10 - 14, 2005

Course Team

Prof. Reinhard Hinkelmann
TU Berlin
Prof. Frank Molkenthin
BTU Cottbus
Prof. Erwin Zehe
Universität Potsdam
Dr. Heiko Sieker
Ingenieurgesellschaft Prof. Dr. Sieker mbH, Dahlwitz-Hoppegarten
Prof. Klaus-Peter Holz
BTU Cottbus
Dr. Hans Moser
BfG Koblenz
Dr. Pascale Rouault
TU Berlin
Dr. Manfred Heinl
TU Berlin

IAHR-EGW Activity


The Engineering Graduate School Environment Water of IAHR (International Association of Hydraulic Engineering and Research) is a network of several international institutions which offer courses at a high academic level on water/environment related fields. The courses are directed to graduate students, post-graduates and professionals. For academic recognition, the European credit point system ECTS and an appropriate quality control are applied.

Course Concept

The short course offers an overview of recent and newly developed hydrodynamic, hydrological and information modeling methods and techniques to efficiently solve research and practical problems in hydro- and environmental engineering. The main focus is put on generalized methods, different modeling approaches and their collaboration with information processing to model rainfall-runoff, free-surface and subsurface flow and transport processes as well as their interactions in hydrosystems. The short course wants to show the possibilities as well as the limitations of nowadays modeling of hydrosystems, and it will point out some directions of future developments.

It is structured in three topics: hydrodynamic modeling, hydrological modeling and information modeling. Among overviews and theoretical backgrounds, it provides computer demonstrations and applications from research and practical projects. The short course can be used for personal consultations with the course lectures as well as for open discussions among the course participants.

Target Group

The course is directed to researchers, MSc and PhD students as well as practical engineers from industry and administration who want to broaden their knowledge in modeling of hydrosystems for a better solution of their research or practical work.


Participants should have basic knowledge in hydromechanics, hydrology and computer sciences. Further knowledge about rainfall-runoff, free-surface and subsurface flow and transport processes is desirable, however not mandatory.


The course will be performed at five days with four sessions of 1.5-2 hours. The lectures mainly consist of presentations together with some computer demonstrations and applications. Lecture notes will be offered for all topics. HYDRODYNAMIC MODELING:

  • model concepts, modeling systems
  • Finite-Difference, Finite-Element, Finite-Volume Methods
  • time discretization and stabilization methods
  • High Performance Computing
  • flow and transport processes in subsurface and surface-water systems


  • hydrological models for different spatial scales and processes
  • conceptual water-balance models
  • model uncertainty and sensitity


  • mass data in water-related projects
  • information modeling techniques
  • Web-based information systems in the hydrosciences

Academic Recognition

After successful completion of a short examination at the end of the course, the participants will receive a certificate equivalent to 3 ECTS.


Course Director:
Prof. Reinhard Hinkelmann
Prof. Frank Molkenthin

Course Organizers:
Mr. Bastian Meinhard
Mrs. Mata Krishna (mata.krishna@wahyd.tu-berlin.de)

Fon: +49 / 30 / 314 - 72308
Fax: +49 / 30 / 314 - 72430

TU Berlin – Sekr.: TIB1-B14
Fachgebiet  Wasserwirtschaft
und Hydrosystemmodellierung
Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25
13355 Berlin



The course will be held at:
Technische Universität Berlin
Institut für Bauingenieurwesen
Fachgebiet Wasserwirtschat und Hydroinformatik
Gustav-Meyer-Allee 25

13355 Berlin


Course room: TIB 566

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