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Merging Measurements and Modeling in Soil Physics (2020)

ECTS credits:

Course parameters:
Language: English
Level of course: PhD course
Time of year : 9 - 14 March 2020
No. of contact hours/hours in total incl. preparation, assignment(s) or the like: 6 long and intensive days
Capacity limits: 21 participants

Objectives of the course:
This course will present accepted and emerging concepts of key processes of water flow in unsaturated porous media. These concepts will be presented together with standard and novel methods to make the measurements necessary to describe these processes. The focus of the course is the need for a unified treatment of measurement and modelling in quantitative soil physics. Specifically, we will discuss how advancements in our understanding of soil physics should guide the design of measurement and monitoring efforts. Similarly, we will discuss how the interpretation of measurements made with emerging indirect methods should be made in the context of the soil physical model of interest.

Learning outcomes and competences:
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:

Measure and analyze

  • Soil water retention data from ovendry to water saturated
  • Saturated and unsaturated hydraulic conductivity data
  • Soil diffusivity data
  • Air Permeability data
  • Leaching of solutes, colloids, and nutrients data
  • Understand the principles of CT scanning
  • Understand to modelling theory
  • Do modelling of solute transport in Hydrus
  • Perform coupled hydro geophysical analysis
  • Perform measurement and modeling integration
    • Investigate the value of data
    • Do decision support

Compulsory programme:
Preparatory reading must be completed before course start. The student should participate in the entire course; all lecture, all laboratory experiments, and all exercises. All assignments must be finalized and the final exam passed.

Course contents:
Theoretical lectures, computer laboratory, field work, laboratory measurements, data analysis, computer modelling. Merging of measurements and modelling.

The course is for PhD students, but MSc students with a soils background and interest in PhD enrollment can be admitted.

Name of lecturers:

  • Professors Ty Ferré, University of Arizona,
  • Professor Per Moldrup, Aalborg University, and
  • Professors Lis Wollesen de Jonge,
  • Bo Vangsø Iversen, and
  • Mogens Greve Aarhus University

Type of course/teaching methods:
Lectures, seminars, exercises, data analysis, modelling, team work

Book chapters, articles, and laboratory protocols will be handed out well in advance of the course.

Course homepage:

Course assessment:
Daily assignments, presentations, and final exam

Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University

Special comments on this course:
Please express your interest, if you wish to participate in the course. A course fee will be requested later.  We expect the course fee to be between 700 - 800  Euro. 

9 - 14 March 2020

AU Foulum Campus, Blichers Allé 20, DK-8830 Tjele

Expression of interest:
Expression of interest via this link https://events.au.dk/Merging2020. Deadline is 1 February 2020, but the link will be closed after 21 registrations.

Please be aware that a course fee will be requested later. We expect the course fee to be between 700 - 800  Euro. At the course homepage you can see what is included in the course fee. We will contact you with information on the course fee later.

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