UNESCO-SADC Regional Training on Groundwater Modelling
The UNESCO International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and the SADC Groundwater Management Institute will conduct a training program on groundwater modelling and data management for SADC Countries representatives from 20-24 March 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. The aim of the training program is to build capacity of SADC countries experts in groundwater modelling including surface water-ground water interaction.
The groundwater modelling course will be conducted by eminent experts from the Sant’Anna University (Italy) and will cover modules on groundwater modelling using the FREEWAT platform (www.freewat.eu). The FREEWAT platform is an open source and public domain GIS integrated modelling environment for the simulation of water quantity and quality in surface water and groundwater with an integrated water management and planning module. It integrates several existing free software modules (e.g. QGIS, MODFLOW, MT3DMS) in one single and user-friendly GIS environment.
The course will be divided in two parts as follows:
- 20-22 March 2017: Introduction to FREEWAT and modules on groundwater modelling (for all participants). The training program will also include a module on data management on the UNESCO Water Information Network System (WINS) (http://en.unesco.org/ihp-wins).
- 23-24 March 2017: Development and finalization of the Stampriet Transboundary Aquifer System (STAS) numerical model (for Botswana, Namibia and South Africa participants only).