Groundwater Flow and Quality Modelling

Module aims

The aim of the course is to provide an introduction to the theory and application of computational techniques based on the finite difference method for groundwater flow and transport modelling.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this course unit, students will be able to: 

  • To understand the methods and limitations that underlie numerical models. 
  • To be able to develop and implement numerical solutions using mathematical programming and apply these to solving groundwater problems. 

Module syllabus




18 Jan 

Groundwater resource evaluation 

Dr Adrian Butler 

25 Jan 

Finite difference – Steady State 1* 

Dr Ana Mijic 

01 Feb 

Finite difference – Steady State 2* 

Dr Ana Mijic 

08 Feb 

Finite difference – Transient 1* 

Dr Ana Mijic 

15 Feb 

Finite difference – Transient 2* 

Dr Ana Mijic 

22 Feb 

Finite difference – ADE1* 

Dr Ana Mijic 

01 Mar 


08 Mar 

Finite difference – ADE2*   

Dr Ana Mijic 

05 Mar  

Building groundwater models 

Dr Chris Jackson (BGS) 

Teaching methods

18 hours of lectures and (MATLAB based) tutorials over 9 sessions.


Information will be provided separately.

Reading list

Module leaders

Dr Ana Mijic