Hydrobiological Modelling

Course code CIVL3410Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Engineering and Built EnvironmentSchool of Engineering

Introduces the notions of mixing, diffusion and dispersion modelling. It extends the ideas of CIVL2310 Fluid Mechanics to include methods of modelling surface water flows. Modelling of surface water transport processes using convection-diffusion equations and particle tracking methods are used. Aquatic chemical and biological processes are described, their kinetics examined and a range of models are illustrated and used. Methods of estimation of parameters in water quality or ecosystem models are introduced and used.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesA1 To give students a thorough grounding in hydrodynamic, mixing and dispersion processes.

A2 To provide students with a thorough grounding in the kinetics of chemical and biological processes in aquatic systems.

A3 To give students experience in the construction and use of hydrobiological systems.

A4 To ensure that students understand the ideas and methods of parameter estimation in predictive models.

A5 To give students experience in the use of state-of-the-art hydrobiological models.
ContentIntroduction to models.
Types of models.
Transport concepts and definitions.
Modelling the diffusion equation.
Physical processes in water bodies.
Dispersion processes.
Jets and plumes.
Mixing in rivers and estuaries.
Equations of fluid flow.
One-dimensional flow.
Two and three-dimensional flow modelling.
Introduction to physical sediment processes.
Sediment transport.
Aquatic biology/chemistry.
Simple deterministic biological models - predator prey, nutrient limits.
More complex biological models involving transport.
Replacing Course(s)N/A.
TransitionBecause there are a number of course revisions taking place, with interactions between them, a separate document will accompany this and other course pro-formas from this Discipline detailing the transition arrangements in all courses undergoing change.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeContent covered in courses CIVL2310 Fluid Mechanics, CIVL3330 Hydrology, CIVL2050 Engineering Computations and Probability.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Computer Lab
Assessment Items
Other: (please specify)A number of numerical and modelling assignments designed to give the students an understanding of key hydrobiological processes, experience with several environmental models, and exposure to state of the art hydrobiological models.

NOTE: Any modification to the above assessment arrangement will appear on the course outline normally issued in Week 1.
Quiz - ClassThree quizzes.
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Computer Lab: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for CIVL3410