Introduction to River Flood Modelling

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General information

The course introduces the participants to the state-of-the-art concepts and practices of flood modelling for management. The course covers modelling used for planning and design as well as for forecasting floods so that mitigating measures can be taken in time.

The course will introduce the basic concepts of flood risk management and the latest tools and techniques available in managing flood risk. Specific contents are:

  • Application domains of Hydroinformatics: floods and urban systems environment
  • Climate change and its impacts on hydrology
  • Introduction to uncertainty analysis and their role in modelling
  • Introduction to 1D2D modelling
  • Nature and characteristics of floods
  • Modelling flood propagation - flood routing
  • Hydrological methods for flood routing
  • Hydraulic methods for flood routing/ modelling in rivers
  • Introduction to tools (such as Mike 11, HEC-RAS) used for flood routing
  • Discussion on sustainable flood alleviation methods.
Contact Person: Ioana Popescu (Coordinator) (


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Venue: UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education
Delft, Netherlands

Westvest 7, 2611 AX Delft



€ 2.775


The course is designed for current and future water professionals (engineers and scientists), decision-makers and others involved in flood modelling and flood management, particularly those who would like to be familiarised with the latest tools and techniques in flood modelling management. Pre-requisites are knowledge about hydrology and hydraulics. Some experience with flood modelling/management is desirable but not a must.

Application Procedure:

Apply using the online application form.

Application Deadline: 20 March 2015 - 23.59 (CET)

Grant Opportunities:

Most of the UNESCO-IHE online courses are eligible for NFP fellowships, and candidates from NFP countries are always encouraged to apply for one (Deadline NFP: 25 August 2014). Discounts on the tuition fees are also available and apply to the following:

  • 30% for UNESCO-IHE alumni
  • 30% for UNESCO-IHE G-PoWER partners
  • 10% for UN family staff members
  • 10% for groups of 5 or more (provided that the course starts at the same time and a group application has been sent)


Academic level: Lifelong Learning

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