Surface Water Quality: management and modeling

The course “Surface Water Quality: management and modeling” allows to quickly introduce students to the features of modeling surface water pollution and how to prevent and eliminate it, taking into account water quality standards and the characteristics of polluting agents. The course is especially relevant for…

About this course

As part of the course, students are offered 6 modules:

  1. Sources of water pollution.
  2. Types of water pollutants.
  3. Surface water standards.
  4. Water quality monitoring.
  5. Water quality model use.
  6. Water chemistry.

Course Outcomes:

  • Explain unusual properties of water, describe the sources of water pollution
  • Introduction to modelling, identifying problems, conceptualization and using mathematical tools to solve surface water quality and ground water quality problems
  • Understand the idea, methodology and basic tools of water quality modelling
  • Understand the different modelling approaches, their scope and limitations
  • Develop models based on the mass-balance approach
  • Predict the impact of external waste loading on different water bodies
  • Predict and generate future conditions under various loading scenarios or management/intervention action alternatives
  • Identify problems, conceptualise, formulate a model using few basic parameters
  • Application of optimization techniques to water resources problems like water allocation from reservoir to different users
  • Ability to distinguish between various water quality models and optimization techniques and choose an appropriate one to suit the objectives to be satisfied.


About the author

Kurbatova Anna I. 

PhD in Environmental Sciences. Associate professor of Environmental Monitoring and Forecasting Department, RUDN University.

  • Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Ecological  Faculty. Postgraduate education: Ecological and  Biological speciality (Moscow, 2002 -2006)
  • Peoples’ Friendship Universityof Russia, Faculty  of Physics,  Mathematics and Natural sciences. Diploma of Higher Education with honors, Master of Science in Chemistry (Moscow, 2000 - 2002)
  • Peoples’ Friendship Universityof Russia, Faculty  of Physics,  Mathematics and Natural sciences. Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, degree with honors (Moscow, 1996 - 2000)

Who is this course for

The course “Surface Water Quality: management and modeling” is aimed at students (undergraduate and graduate) who are already familiar with the basic concepts of surface ecology and who wish to learn more about modeling and monitoring of pollution. Regions in which the course seems most relevant: Africa, the Near and Middle East, Southeast Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The students are supposed to

  • Have a basic knowledge in the  fundamental mathematics sphere to such an extent that is necessary for the possession of the environmental sciences mathematical mechanism, for data processing and analysis in ecology and nature management.
  • Have a basic knowledge in the fundamental branches of physics, chemistry and biology at the level that is necessary for the assimilation of the physical, chemical and biological principles in ecology and natural management.
  • Know chemical analysis methods and methods of geological and biological sample selection and its analysis.
  • Know several methods of environmental monitoring, how to manage methods of natural and laboratory ecology data processing, analysis and synthesis and how to use your own theoretical knowledge at work.

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