Module Identifier GG30220  
Academic Year 2004/2005  
Co-ordinator Dr Tom Coulthard  
Semester Semester 1  
Other staff Mr Matthew David Rowberry  
Pre-Requisite GG22510  
Course delivery Lecture   20 Hours 10 x 2 hours  
  Practical   12 Hours 6 x 2 hours  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Exam2 Hours unseen examination (select 2 questions from 4)  40%
Semester Assessment Laboratory/Practical Report  20%
Semester Assessment 3500 word assessed essay  40%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed CA component. Resit failed examination. 

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an understanding of fluvial models and their application to real systems.
  2. Appreciate the complexity and uncertainty of modelling, and be fully aware of the limitations and difficulties.
  3. Apply where appropriate multi dimensional flow models.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the limitations of different modelling approaches.
  5. Evaluate and interpret a river profile model.
  6. Apply landscape evolution models.
  7. Use of Spreadsheets to apply simple numerical models to fluvial systems.
  8. Communicate results ideas and concepts via the WWW.


The aim of this module is to review in detail the number of fluvial modelling schemes available today and assess their suitability, accuracy and effectiveness over a range of spatial and temporal scales .


The course covers the wide range of techniques and philosophies used to simulate the complex interactions within the fluvial system. Each methodology is reviewed systematically with discussion of the relative merits and disadvantages. Emphasis is placed upon the student to develop their own opinions regarding the suitability and effectiveness of these methods. Whilst exact techniques and formulae will be reviewed, the content of the course is not heavily mathematical, its main aims being to discuss theory, application and reasoning.

Many items discussed in the 2nd year fluvial geomorphology course will be integrated and built upon including process landform association, equilibrium's and thresholds. Extra emphasis is placed upon retaining models within context and the importance of rigorous validation and calibration.


This module is at CQFW Level 6