Timetable: 2nd year
Tue 12-14 M
General course objectives
To learn the general concepts of
environmental system modelling based on the fundamental physical principles
(e.g. conservation of mass, momentum and energy). To introduce models
of element cycling on global and local scales. To conceptualize a water
quality model and apply it on a proposed case study
Didactics: Lectures and modelling laboratory
Type of assessment: Individual oral exam and
presentation of the results of the laboratory workgroup (2-4 students).
L. Palmeri, A. Barausse and S.E. Jorgensen, Ecological Processes Handbook, CRC Press, 2013
S.E. Jorgensen and G. Bendoricchio, Fundamentals
of Ecological Modelling, third edition, Elsevier, 2001.
Other references: S.C.
Chapra, Surface water-quality modeling, 1997.
V. Novotny, Water Quality: Diffuse Pollution and
Watershed Management, 2. Edition – 2002.
L. Palmeri, Elementi di
termodinamica per la modellistica dei sistemi ambientali,
R.H. Kadlec and R.L. Knight, Treatment
wetlands, 1996, CRC press.
R. Sozzi, La
micrometeorologia e la dispersione degli inquinanti in aria,
APAT CTN-ACE, 2003.
[ Chapters and paragraphs refer to the textbook Ecological Processes Handbook ]
[ 'FEM cap. 2' refers to chapter 2 of the textbook
of Ecological Modelling ]
Introduction. Generalities about models. Physical and mathematical
models. [ Section 1 ] Lecture 1
Research & management models. Holism, reductionism. The ecosystem
as an object of research [Chapter 1] Lecture 2
History of evolution. Gaia's epigenetics. Modeling elements [ Chapters 1 and 5 ]
Model types, model selection. Modelling procedure [ FEM cap. 2 ] Lecture 4
Conceptual diagrams of models. Optimal complexity. Verification [ FEM cap. 2 ] Lecture 5
Sensitivity analysis. Parameter estimation and calibration. Model performance evaluation [ FEM cap. 2 ] Lecture 6
Validation. Model constraints. [ FEM cap. 2 ] Lecture 7
The equilibrium between spheres [ §18.3 and §18.4 ] Lecture 8
Ecotoxicology. Adsorption. Balance, transport and chemical reaction models [ Chapters 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12 ] Lecture 10
Nitrogen cycle; Settling and resuspension; Energetic factors. [ Chapters 7,8 and 12 ] Lecture 11
- GIS and
distributed parameters models Lecture 12
Metabolic - Fish growth models [ Chapter 14 ] Lecture 13
Light extinction. Photosynthesis and primary production. Algal growth.
Temperature effects [ Chapter 15 ] Lecture 14
Light and nutrient limitation. Grazing. Phosphorus cycle. kC* model [ Chapter 15 ] Lecture 15
Trophic network models and ecological network analysis tools (Ecopath). [ Chapter 19 ]
WWTP modelling. Lecture 17
Uncertainty in environmental modeling (Prof. Vezzaro) Lecture 19
Odour impact: how to measure it? (Eng. Mantovani) Lecture 20
Odour measurement techniques (Dr. Benzo) Lecture 21
First modelling workshop (Dr. A. Barausse) Assignment, slides, readings and Matlab code
Second modelling workshop (Dr. A. Barausse) Download
Third modelling workshop (Dr. A. Barausse) Download