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CS5108 - Advanced Ground Water Modelling and Management

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Science and Engineering

Basic concepts of modelling flow and transport in groundwater systems; transport of contaminants with diffusion dispersion adsorption and reaction; multiple species reactive transport; overview of numerical models for simulation and prediction of flow and transport; well hydraulics equations; parameter estimation and pump tests; calibration and validation of prediction models; modelling complex contaminated aquifer sites; surface and groundwater interaction; sustainable use of groundwater; saltwater intrusion in coastal aquifers; optimal management modelling concepts; linked simulation-optimization models and use of meta models; inverse modelling for parameter estimation and unknown contaminant source characterization; monitoring network design for contamination detection and compliance monitoring; special topics e.g., fractures and faults.

Learning Outcomes

  • utilize basic principles of modelling groundwater systems for developing efficient and suitable flow and transport simulation models;
  • predict contaminant plume movement in geochemically and hydrogeologically complex aquifer sites;
  • calibrate and validate simulation models for flow and transport;
  • develop optimal management strategies for sustainable use of aquifers;
  • characterize unknown sources of contamination using sparse field data in contaminated aquifers;
  • develop sustainable groundwater management strategies in coastal aquifers;
  • design cost effective and efficient monitoring networks.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (50%) - Individual
  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (20%) - Individual.


Townsville, Study Period 1, Internal
Census Date 23-Mar-2023
Coordinator: Dr Bithin Datta
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 39 hours lectures
  • 26 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.