Catchment hydrological modelling course 2022

  • Course dates: 28 November - 1 December 2022 (4 days), 9:00-16:00 
  • Speakers: Dr. Nadav Peleg (UNIL) and Dr. Virginia Ruiz-Villanueva (UNIL)
  • Course location: EAWAG (Dübendorf, ZH)
  • ECTS Credits: 2
  • The course is free for PhD student members of the Water-Earth Systems PhD School. Others should contact the coordinator.
  • Registration: please fill in the REGISTRATION FORM
  • Questions: please contact School.Earth-Water@unine.ch


Hydrological models are powerful tools for assessing the hydrological budget and processes in catchments. They can be used to explore varied scientific and applied problems, from water resources to flood risks, and are commonly applied to investigate the hydrological response to climate and landuse changes. During this short course, students will learn advanced geoprocessing of river networks and their catchments and the pre-processing of required geospatial and climate input data for hydrological modeling using geographical information systems (GIS). They will learn how to perform parameter calibration, model validation, sensitivity tests, and uncertainty analysis in conceptual and physically-based hydrological models. In addition, the students will be introduced to the concepts of landscape evolution models, which can simulate erosion and transport processes within catchments. The goal is to provide theoretical and practical capabilities of model development for various hydrological systems and a range of catchment- and river-scale processes.

Note: Students should come with their laptops with ArcGIS and MATLAB installed (and the ability to use these via VPN and network license or similar). For any relevant concerns or questions, contact the coordinator.