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Workshop: Luanda, Angola, 31 July - 3 August 2012

Introduction to hydrological modelling

As part of the capacity development activities proposed for Subproject SP02, the workshop "Introduction to hydrological modelling using JAMS/J2000" was held from July 31st to August 3rd 2012 at the Department of Geology at the Faculty of Science at Agostinho Neto University in Luanda, Angola. It was organized by the Department of Geoinformatics, Hydrology and Modelling (DGHM, Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany), in close cooperation with the Directorate of National Resources and Hydrology (Ministry of Energy and Water, Angola) and the Faculty of Science (Agostinho Neto University, Angola) in order to introduce methods and tools for hydrological modelling and assessments of river basins in Germany and Angola. The workshop was given by Dr. Jörg Helmschrot and Thomas Steudel from DGHM Jena. The workshop was originally scheduled to train students and staff from Angolan TFO partners, but it was also open to interested students from other faculties. Altogether 13 students (BSc, MSc, PhD) and staff from the Directorate of National Resources and Hydrology (Ministry of Energy and Water, Luanda, Angola), the Faculty of Science and the Faculty of Engineering (both from Agostinho Neto University, Luanda, Angola) attended and finished the workshop successfully and received a certificate of participation.


Aims of the workshop

The primary goal of the workshop was to teach basics in hydrology and to introduce open source GIS and hydrological modelling tools. Thus, the ILMS software toolbox developed at DGHM was introduced and installed to provide robust tools for the assessment of hydrological dynamics which will be applied to various Angolan tributaries of the Okavango River within the TFO project. Specific aims were:

  1. concepts in hydrological modelling,
  2. the technical background and setup of JAMS and the J2000 hydrological model,
  3. the search, preparation and processing of model input data and parameters,
  4. an introduction to the Okavango Basin Information System (OBIS),
  5. the GIS-based delineation of Hydrological Response Units (HRUs) using the GRASS-HRU tool,
  6. methods of model calibration and performance assessments as well as
  7. the model application to several basins.


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Dr. Jörg Helmschrot (middle) and the participants of the hydrological modelling workshop held in Luanda
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Dr. Jörg Helmschrot (left) and Thomas Steudel (MSc) (right) from Subproject SP02
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Participants at course work
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Participants at course work
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Participants at course work
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Participants at course work
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Participants
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