101-0269-00L  River Morphodynamic Modelling

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersD. F. Vetsch, D. Vanzo
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


101-0269-00 GRiver Morphodynamic Modelling
Important: Lecture starts at 10:30 (until 12:30)!
2 hrs
Wed09:45-12:30HIL C 10.2 »
10:00-13:00ER SA TZ »
D. F. Vetsch, D. Vanzo

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AbstractThe course teaches the basics of morphodynamic modelling, relevant for civil and environemental engineers.The governing equations for sediment transport in open channels and corresponding numerical solution strategies are introduced. The theoretical parts are discussed by examples.
ObjectiveThe goal of the course is twofold. First, the the students develop a throughout understanding of the basics of river morphodynamic processes. Second, they get familiar with numerical tools for the simulations in one- and two-dimensions of morphodynamics.
Content- fundamentals of river morphodynamics (Exner equation, bed-load, suspended-load)
- aggradation and degradation processes
- river bars
- non-uniform sediment morphodynamics: the Hirano model
- short and long term response of gravel bed rivers to change in sediment supply
Lecture notesLecture notes, slides shown in the lecture and software can be downloaded
LiteratureCitations will be given in lecture.
Prerequisites / NoticeExercises are based on the simulation software BASEMENT (Link), the open-source GIS Qgis (Link) and code examples written in MATLAB. The applications comprise one- and two-dimensional approaches for the modelling of flow and sediment transport.

Requirements: Numerical Hydraulics, River Engineering, MATLAB and/or Python programming skills would be an advantage.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersD. F. Vetsch, D. Vanzo
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 30 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationGroup report will be provided by examinors
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

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PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupMAS ETH in Sustainable Water Resources (118000)
Civil Engineering MSc (126000)
Environmental Engineering MSc (127000)

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Civil Engineering MasterMajor in Hydraulic Engineering and Water Resources ManagementWInformation
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Environmental Engineering MasterFlow and TransportOInformation
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Environmental Engineering MasterEM: Flow and TransportWInformation