Gen 012020

11-14 February 2020
Claudio Paniconi, INRS-ETE, University of Quebec, Quebec City, Canada
Deadline for enrolment: January 12, 2020

Short course
11-14 February 2020

Lecturer: prof. Claudio Paniconi, INRS-ETE, University of Quebec, Quebec City, Canada

Course Description

The hydrological cycle is characterized by continuous interactions between the atmosphere, land surface, and subsurface. Reliable simulation of hydrological systems is challenging due to the complexity of these interactions, the spatio-temporal variability that characterizes natural systems, the difficulty in measuring key parameters and state variables, and the knowledge gaps and uncertainties in our understanding of processes and dynamics. These challenges are being addressed by continual advances in hydrological observation, theory, and modeling. This intensive 4-day course (28 hours) will review fundamental and practical aspects of hydrological theory and modeling with a focus on subsurface systems.

The course comprises lectures and hands-on modeling sessions. Lecture topics for this 11th edition of the course include: basic concepts in porous media flow and transport; Darcy’s law and conservation of mass; well hydraulics and a classic inverse problem; capillary phenomena and unsaturated flow; advection, dispersion, and mass transfer processes; and numerical modeling at varying levels of complexity. Advanced topics such as data assimilation, model benchmarking, and coupled phenomena will also be covered, the latter focusing in particular on state-of-the-art models for surface water/groundwater interactions and for variable density flow and transport (e.g., seawater intrusion in coastal aquifers). The hands-on sessions will explore a number of simplified models (e.g., Richards’ equation for vertical infiltration, hillslope-storage Boussinesq equation for sloping aquifer drainage, reactive transport with equilibrium sorption and first-order degradation). A more detailed (3D, fully coupled) model for integrated surface/subsurface catchment-scale simulation will also be introduced.

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The classes will be held in the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, near Piazza d’Armi (there are three entrances: from Via Marengo, Viale Merello,  and Via Is Maglias); directions to the room will be emailed to participants.


To enrol, fill in the Application Form and send it by email to Enrica Perra (, enclosing also a copy of your curriculum vitae.

The deadline for applications is January 12, 2020.

There is no registration or tuition fee for the course.

The Short Course is funded by the Visiting Professor/Scientist Programme of the University of Cagliari.

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