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Applied Groundwater Modelling, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 days
The Applied Groundwater Modelling short course from IHE Delft Institute for Water Education is designed to provide participants with principles and procedures of groundwater modelling and the use of computer models for groundwater resources management and protection.


The Applied Groundwater Modelling short course is offered by IHE Delft Institute for Water Education.

Learning objectives

Upon completion, the participant should be able to:
  • be familiar with the principles and procedures of groundwater modelling;
  • construct a groundwater model using state of the art modelling software;
  • use the model for simulation of groundwater flow, contaminant transport and salt water intrusion;
  • apply groundwater modelling techniques for groundwater resources management and protection.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 18 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The course consists of the following topics:

Groundwater flow modelling:

  • Purpose of groundwater modelling
  • Conceptual model: conceptualisation of aquifer-aquitard systems; specification of boundary conditions; hydrological stresses

Contaminant transport modelling:

  • Contaminant transport processes and mechanisms: advective transport; dispersion; diffusion; sorption; degradation
  • Contaminant transport models: mass fluxes; mass balance equations; initial conditions; boundary conditions
  • Analytical solutions: 1D advective-dispersion-sorption-degradation

Saline groundwater modelling:

  • Salt water intrusion in coastal aquifers
  • Density dependent flow equations of a fresh-saline interface: Badon Ghijben-Herzberg principle; sharp interface; transition zone
  • Numerical modelling: interface models; solute transport model; benchmark problems


    Postgraduates and professionals in hydrogeology and water resources management, civil engineers, environmental engineers, geologists and hydrologists who are engaged in investigation, management, and protection of groundwater resources.


    Yangxiao Zhou, Associate Professor of Hydrogeology

    English Language Requirements

    You only need to take one of these language tests:

    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

    • Minimum required score:


      The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

    • Minimum required score:


      The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

      Schedule IELTS
    • Minimum required score (Grade B2):


      C1 Advanced is a Cambridge English Qualification. It reports on the Cambridge English Scale between 142 and 210. You will receive a separate score for each of the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and for Use of English. These five scores are averaged to give you an overall result for the exam. Universities and colleges may ask you to achieve a specific score, either overall or for a particular skill.

      Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

    Academic Requirements

    You should at least have a Bachelor Degree in a relevant field of study, some years of working experience and a good command of the English language.

    Tuition Fee

    • International Applies to you

      2850 EUR/full
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 2850 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 days.
    • EU/EEA Applies to you

      2850 EUR/full
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 2850 EUR for the full programme and a duration of 18 days.
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    Living costs for Delft

    • 780 - 1160 EUR/month
      Living Costs

    The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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