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Modeling Hydro- and Environmental Systems (6LP)

Prof. Dr.-Ing. R. Hinkelmann, Hon.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. H. Moser
Franziska Tügel, M.Sc.
Summer term
Winter term
Civil Engineering MSc (2nd Semester), Environmental Science and Technology MSc and Civil Systems Engineering MSc (2nd Semester)

IL: Integrated Lecture; L: Lecture, AL: Applied Lecture


The module Modeling Hydro- and Environmental Systems is an elective compulsory lecture (Wahlpflichtmodul) in the competence field Hydrosciences in the master programme Civil Engineering.  It can also be chosen as a basis lecture (Basisfach) for other competence fields. It can be chosen as an elective lecture (Ergänzungsfach) in the master programmes Environmental Science and Technology and Civil Systems Engineering.

The module is conducted in English.

Objectives and content

In recent years numerical simulation methods have strongly gained importance in hydro- and environmental sciences. They are used as prediction tools for natural and anthropogenic flow and transport processes during the planning and designing of measurements in hydro- and environmental systems.

The lecture gives an introduction to numerical modeling concepts for flow and transport processes in groundwater and in surface waters. After physical model concepts for the processes are presented, the lecture deals with discretisation and stabilisation methods (FDM, FEM, FVM) to solve the governing equations. Aspects of data processing, i.e. pre- and post-processing, are addressed. Different modeling systems are introduced in exercises dealing with engineering applications.

Basic knowledge of fluid mechanics and mathematics is desirable. After completing this course, students will be able to choose and apply suitable modeling methods for specific engineering tasks in the field of hydro- and environmental sciences.

Contents of the module:

  • Fundamental principles of flow and tranport processes in the subsurface (groundwater resources management, tracer transport)
  • Fundamental principles of flow and transport processes in surface waters (shallow water equations, turbulence modeling)
  • Modeling concepts
  • Discretisation and stabilisation methods (FDM, FEM, FVM)
  • Components of modeling systems
  • Modeling systems for groundwater and surface water flow
  • Computer exercises with engineering applications

Recommended literature


The book "Efficient Numerical Methods and Information-Processing Techniques for Modeling Hydro-and Environmental Systems" is recommended for this lecture.
Series: Lecture Notes in Applied and Computational Mechanics, Vol. 21
Hinkelmann, Reinhard
2005, XVIII, 305 p.9 in colour., Hardcover
ISBN: 3-540-24146-9

Further information

Updated information about this module can be found in the online course catalog.

Lecture notes are available for download at the ISIS page of this module. The password will be disclosed in the first lecture of the module.



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