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12 - 16 July 2021 and 27 September - 1 October 2021

"Understanding marine hydrogeology through the lens of geochemistry and groundwater modelling"


General Information

During the first part of the SMART Summer School 2021 you will gain first-hand experience on groundwater modeling and multi-phase reactive transport in subsurface, taught by leading experts in computational hydro-geology.

Target group: The course is open to undergraduate and graduate students as well as doctoral and postdoctoral researchers from hydrology, geology, environmental sciences, marine geophysics, and related backgrounds. Ideally, the participants should have an interest in computational hydro-geology and reactive transport phenomena. The course is designed to be at an ‘introductory level’, and therefore, prior background in mathematical modeling is not necessary. However, some basic knowledge of programming (ideally in C++) will be an advantage.
The total number of participants is limited to 20. If the number of applicants exceeds 20, the selection will be based on the evaluation of the applicants CV and motivation letter.

Location: The course will be online. Further instructions on how to join the online course will be given to the participants later on.

Registration: You can register securely by clicking the Registration tab and completing the form. Please include your name, email address and your intent to register for the course. You will then receive instructions by email on how to send your short CV and motivation letter (as a single pdf file) for review by the SMART team members. Please limit your CV to no more than 1 page and your motivation letter to no more than 300 words. Participants will be informed about their admission no later than 15 June 2021.

Fee: The online course is free.

Important dates:

- 15 March 2021: Registration opens

- 01 June 2021: Registration closes

- 15 June 2021: Notification of acceptance announced

- 12 - 16 July 2021: Summer School

Program Overview

Course Outline:

Day 1:
Porous media: Homogenization and Characterization
Fundamentals of reactive transport: Mass, Momentum and Energy balances
Partial Differential Equations: A crash course

Day 2:
Single phase flow
Darcy’s Law
Introduction to the finite volumes method

Day 3:
Transport of solutes
Basics of bio-geochemical reaction networks
Numerical methods for solute transport
Numerical tutorial: Nitrification-denitrification

Day 4:
Two-phase flow
Concepts of wettability, capillarity, and compressibility
Non-linearities, heterogeneity, and anisotropy
Numerical methods for two-phase flows

Day 5:
Numerical tutorial: Five-spot water-flooding
Numerical tutorial: Contaminant intrusion through subsurface
Numerical tutorial: Geospatial heterogeneities

Course Instructors


Shubhangi Gupta (GEOMAR – Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel)
Shubhangi Gupta is a postdoctoral researcher at GEOMAR. She has a PhD in Numerical Mathematics, and focus mainly on developing multi-physics, multi-domain, and multi-scale model concepts and numerical methods for reactive transport processes in geological sub-surfaces.
Currently, she is working in the MARCAN project on modeling seepage induced landscape evolution along the passive continental margins. In particular, she focuses on developing multi-domain 2D-3D coupling concepts for resolving the surfacewater-groundwater interactions.
In the SMART summer school, she will instruct the course on groundwater modeling and multi-phase reactive flows in subsurface. She will also offer hands on numerical simulation tutorials using the DUNE-PDELab (https://www.dune-project.org/modules/dune-pdelab/) software framework.



For more information on the SMART Summer School 2021 "Groundwater Modelling", please contact Shubhangi Gupta.