Physical-based Modelling of Land Degradation Processes

Course dates:
Cancelled due to COVID-19 containment restrictions. All accepted participants have been informed. We are doing our best to reschedule the course for spring 2021

Application details:
The application system for this course has now been closed. All accepted applicants have been informed.

Location: Department of Geography, Geoinformatics & Meteorology, University of Pretoria, South Africa

Coordinating university/institution:
University of Jena, University of Augsburg

SPACES project: SALDi

Target group:
Students and early-career researchers from southern Africa with interest in soil erosion and land degradation processes (EROSION3D) and hydrometeorological modelling (WRF-Hydro).

Course coordinator:
Dr. Andreas Kaiser (University of Jena), Dr. Thomas Rummler, University of Augsburg

Course lead:
Michael v. Werner, Geognostics (EROSION3D) / Dr. Thomas Rummler (WRF Hydro)

Course description:
There are two separate courses available:

The first course aims at introducing participants to the physically based soil erosion model EROSION3D. Necessary input parameters as well as geodata preparation will be introduced and worked with. Within the course exemplary data will be provided and different land use scenarios and rainfall intensities will be simulated. In a final step the production of risk maps will be practised.

The second course covers the general concept, structure and potential fields of application of fully coupled atmosphere-hydrology modelling, based on the WRF-Hydro modelling system. Participants will gather experience with hands-on exercises including the setup of the model, as well as experimental model simulations for prepared test cases for South Africa. Participants will also be provided with information on additional resources that can be used to further deepen their knowledge on the WRF-Hydro modelling system.

After a joint plenary session, participants are divided into the groups, and teaching will take place in two separate rooms. Please remember to indicate your group preference when applying!

Learning methods:
Both courses are composed of individual teaching units, including hands-on exercises

Expected Learning outcomes:
The courses will enable participants to get first insights into the EROSION3D and WRF-Hydro modelling systems and potentially provide the foundation to start their own research with them.

Additional information:
For the EROSION3D course no additional material is required as the software will be made available on UP-computers.
Participants of the WRF-Hydro course are required to bring their own laptops in order to be able to take part in the hands-on exercises. The following system parameters are required for the hands-on exercises:
• Processor: 2 cores (minimum)
• RAM: 8 GB
• Free disc space: 60 GB (minimum)
• OS with locally installed Docker Engine (free-of-charge community edition)

More information on the WRF-Hydro modeling system can be found here.