The first module is intended to provide the necessary “bricks” needed to approach whatever hydrogeological problem arises. It includes an overview of the elements which can support the hydrogeological studies from different points of view. Specific sections are devoted to data processing and extraction of needed information with maximum efficiency.
Lessons are available as video recordings with live assistance on request.
The second module begins from the basic principles of groundwater movement in porous media, and graduates to different real-world contexts, all of them characterized by different challenges and problem-solving approaches. Lessons are available as video recordings with live assistance on request.
The third module starts from the basics of modelling through the use of different codes including MODFLOW, MT3DMS, MODPATH, SEAWAT. Methods to deploy the model are the GUIs ModelMuse (available for free from USGS) and Groundwater Vistas. The GW Vistas course is held by Daniel Feinstein (University of Wisconsin and USGS), who explains not only the GUI functions, but, most important, all the nuances of the code settings and packages in detail.
The succeeding section is fully dedicated to model calibration and uncertainty analysis through the use of the PEST suite, explained by the author of the code, John Doherty. A wide set of exercises helps the understanding of sometimes complex concepts, making use of both GUIs and command line input. A real-world case located in Milan is analysed along the section to demonstrate calibration, uncertainty analysis and its application to decision-support modelling.
A stand-alone section is dedicated to the state-of-the-art Python scripting with FloPy and PyEMU explained by a team of experts among which the developers Jeremy White (INTERA) and Mike Fienen (USGS). The section covers the whole process from data processing and model building to calibration and uncertainty analysis applied to an existing contaminated site located in Milan. Codes involved are MODFLOW, MODPATH, PEST and PEST++ suites. Students will be provided with a GitHub repository with necessary data files and executables. These may also include a template Jupyter Notebook with instructions to follow along with the videos. Completed notebooks will also be provided with the final results.
In addition, a FEFLOW and FePEST dedicated section can be activated on request.
All lessons are available as video recordings with live assistance on request.
The forth module is the essence of the School. The whole knowledge/experience acquired in the previous modules converges into diverse applications. Each course deploys workflows and trouble-shooting strategies based on specific real-world cases. The exercises will also be based on real cases and the working group will collaborate to develop the project as if it were an actual work activity. The approach will therefore be more like a company internship than a course in the strict sense. Solutions of the problems will arise from individual or teamwork and results will be discussed in specific sessions.
Lessons are performed live and will be made available as video recordings after the course. Each course will be activated on the basis of a minimum number of participants. The length of the single course is maximum 4 days distributed over 4 weeks.