Peter Molnar: Catalogue data in Spring Semester 2018

Award: The Golden Owl
Name Prof. Dr. Peter Molnar
Institut für Umweltingenieurwiss.
ETH Zürich, HIF D 20.1
Laura-Hezner-Weg 7
8093 Zürich
Telephone+41 44 633 29 58
DepartmentCivil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering
RelationshipAdjunct Professor

102-0468-00LWatershed Modelling Information 3 credits2GP. Molnar
AbstractIntroduction to watershed modelling with applications of GIS in hydrology, the use of semi- and fully-distributed continuous watershed models, and their calibration and validation. The course contains substantive practical modelling experience in several assignments.
ObjectiveWatershed Modelling is a course in the Master of Science in Environmental Engineering Programme. It is a practical course in which the students learn to (a) use GIS in hydrological applications, (b) calibrate and validate models, (c) apply and interpret semi- and fully- distributed continuous watershed models, and (d) discuss several modelling case studies. This course is a follow up of Hydrology 2 and requires solid computer skills.
Content- Introduction to watershed modelling
- GIS in watershed modelling (ArcGIS exercise)
- Calibration and validation of models
- Semi-distributed modelling with PRMS (model description, application)
- Distributed watershed modelling with TOPKAPI (model description, application)
- Modelling applications and case studies (climate change scenarios, land use change, basin erosion)
Literature- Lecture presentations
- Exercise documentation
- Relevant scientific papers
all posted on the course website
102-0474-AALIntroduction to Water Resources Management
Enrolment ONLY for MSc students with a decree declaring this course unit as an additional admission requirement.

Any other students (e.g. incoming exchange students, doctoral students) CANNOT enrol for this course unit.
4 credits4RP. Burlando, P. Molnar
AbstractThe course offers an introduction to the basics of water resources analysis and management covering the topics of water demand vs availability, reservoir design, aquatic physics, water quality and pollution, water resources protection and remediation in rivers, lakes and aquifers, sustainable and integrated water resources management.
ObjectiveIntroduction to the basics of water resources management based on physical and chemical processes; principle of sustainability. Ability to carry out rough hand calculations.
ContentAquatic physics: flow in rivers, lakes and groundwater bodies
Time scales and orders of magnitude
River morphology and sediment transport
Water quality: Requirements, relevant pollutants, sources and transport of pollutants, Streeter-Phelps equation, thermal pollution
Water resources management: Structure of supply and demand, options for closing gap, reservoir design, groundwater storage, intrabasin transfers.
Protection of water resources, remediation and renaturalization
Variability, sotchastics and risk. Droughts.
Sustainability: Definitions, examples for non-sustainable practices
Water problems of developing countries, water and agriculture, socio-economic context
All aspects are illustrated with examples. The exercises are mainly based on analytical formulae. A few exercises require the use of the computer.
Lecture notesHandouts and ppts