1st EXCEED Summer School “Environmental Modelling”, 23 August – 2 September 2010, TU Braunschweig, Germany

Summer School Report

On 23 August 2010 the “Excellence Center for Development Cooperation – Sustainable Water Management” at TU Braunschweig welcomed 24 international scholars to the first EXCEED “Summer School in Environmental Modelling”. The nine days event featuring lectures, practice sessions and an excursion was supervised by Prof. Dr. Otto Richter and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Durner, Institute for GeoEcology at TU Braunschweig.

The objective of the summer school was to give a profound introduction into environmental and ecological modelling, highlighting the translation of conceptual into mathematical models. Therefore, particular attention was paid to the accordant mathematical and numerical basis as well as their implementation into appropriate software tools.

Lectures and tutorials alternated dealing with a variety of environmental systems. The participants got acquainted with temperature dependent degradation models, e.g.    simulating the fate of pesticides in a system of paddy fields and a simulation of a former Rhine river spill in 1986. Furthermore, they learned to treat practical problems of water and solute transport in the unsaturated soil by numerical process modeling, including parameter estimation for transport models.

The participants were invited to develop their own models and to use their own data sets during the courses, which promotes further research in their home countries. In this way the understanding of different global environmental topics and problems among the participants from all over the world was advocated and possible future cooperation was encouraged.

Besides the ambitious schedule there was enough free time left for the participants to discover the surroundings, go downtown for sightseeing and to experience regional cuisine. Especially the evenings were used to improve intercultural communication and contacts by having dinner and talks together. Most of the participants are still in touch with each other.

The qualified participants of the summer school were highly motivated and eager to learn and work together. Thus, the Summer School in Environmental Modelling was a significant step to establish and to deepen long-term international academic cooperation as well as personal contact within the Exceed network.

Written by: Haarstrick | August 23, 2010 - 15:49 | Categories: Public