LASA Modelling and Control of Environmental systems

Second Cycle Degree Programme (MSc Level) in Environmental Engineering
Università degli Studi di Padova
Lecturers:


Prof. Luca Palmeri
Ing. Alberto Barausse

LASA - Dip. di Ingegneria Industriale
Via Marzolo, 9 - 35122 Padova
tel.: +49-8275526 / fax: +49-8275528
a.a.
2017-2018

Timetable: 2nd year
1st semester
   

- Syllbus
   
Calendar

Schedule:   Classroom
   Tue 12-14       M
  Wed 14-16


   -  UNIWEB

   -  UGOV

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 exercises
Type of assessment: Individual oral exam and presentation of the results of the laboratory workgroup (2-4 students).
Course material
Textbook:
  • 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, Cleup 2002.
  • 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.
  • Syllabus (Calendar)
    [ Chapters and paragraphs refer to the textbook Ecological Processes Handbook ]
    [ 'FEM cap. 2' refers to chapter 2 of the textbook Fundamentals of Ecological Modelling ]
    1. Introduction. Generalities about models. Physical and mathematical models. [ Section 1 ] Lecture 1
    2. Research & management models. Holism, reductionism. The ecosystem as an object of research [Chapter 1] Lecture 2
    3. History of evolution. Gaia's epigenetics. Modeling elements  [ Chapters 1 and 5 ] Lecture 3
    4. Model types, model selection. Modelling procedure [ FEM cap. 2 ] Lecture 4
    5. Conceptual diagrams of models. Optimal complexity. Verification [ FEM cap. 2 ] Lecture 5
    6. Sensitivity analysis. Parameter estimation and calibration. Model performance evaluation [ FEM cap. 2 ] Lecture 6
    7. Validation. Model constraints. [ FEM cap. 2 Lecture 7
    8. The equilibrium between spheres [ 18.3 and 18.4 ] Lecture 8
    9. Ecotoxicology. Adsorption. Balance, transport and chemical reaction models [ Chapters 6, 7, 9, 11 and 12 ] Lecture 10
    10. Nitrogen cycle; Settling and resuspension; Energetic factors. [ Chapters 7,8 and 12 ] Lecture 11
    11. GIS and distributed parameters models Lecture 12
    12. Metabolic - Fish growth models [ Chapter 14 ] Lecture 13
    13. Light extinction. Photosynthesis and primary production. Algal growth. Temperature effects [ Chapter 15 ] Lecture 14
    14. Light and nutrient limitation. Grazing. Phosphorus cycle. kC* model [ Chapter 15 ] Lecture 15
    15. Trophic network models and ecological network analysis tools (Ecopath). [ Chapter 19 ] Lecture 16
    16. WWTP modelling. Lecture 17
    17. Uncertainty in environmental modeling (Prof. Vezzaro) Lecture 19
    18. Odour impact: how to measure it? (Eng. Mantovani) Lecture 20
    19. Odour measurement techniques (Dr. Benzo) Lecture 21
    20. First modelling workshop (Dr. A. Barausse) Assignment, slides, readings and Matlab code
    21. Second modelling workshop (Dr. A. Barausse) Download
    22. Third modelling workshop (Dr. A. Barausse) Download