River Lavant: flood forecasting case study

School of Geography, University of Leeds

Students are asked to design a model that could be implemented mathematically to forecast flood flows on the River Lavant.

They are asked to produce a conceptual model that shows the flow processes and highlights the relevant simplifications and complexities of the hydrological cycle. This is paralleled by the production of a computational model that shows which equations, Laws or concepts would be required to implement the model. Both models are presented on a single A0 poster with a 5 minute explanatory presentation and discussion.

Suitable for students taking: any Hydrological Forecasting module in Geography; Environmental Science and Civil and Hydraulic Engineering at Levels from Undergraduate year 2 to Masters. It has been used with group sizes of 5-7 in classes of 100.

Duration of Case: Presented as Part of GEOG2400 Urban Hydrology, students had three weeks to complete their reports. The case material notes were augmented by lectures in the module. Students had completed the Flood Forecasting Template Case in the preceding two weeks which uses a flood event on the River Lavant as its example. This helped familiarise the students with the catchment and its hydrology. In a masters course two weeks would be plenty, or it could be done over three days in a more concentrated format.

FFStudentintronotes99.doc and FFTutorsNotes99.doc

Lavant Student Notes 06.doc and Lavant Flood Tutor 06.doc

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