• Offered by Department of Mathematics
• ANU College ANU Joint Colleges of Science
Specialist
• Course subject Mathematics
• Areas of interest Mathematics
• Course convener
• Prof Anthony Jakeman
• Mode of delivery In Person
• Co-taught Course
• Offered in Second Semester 2014
Environmental Modelling and Integrated Assessment (MATH6102)

Offered in association with Fenner School.

In this course the major model types used to represent environmental systems are studied. Mathematical emphasis on how they are constructed will use the theory of inverse problems while the practical emphasis uses systems methodology. The focus will be on hydrological systems and their basic processes, combined with the constraints imposed by the limitations of real observational data.

It will be assumed that students have a reasonable grasp of different model types (time series, PDE/ODE-based models, frequency domain models) as well as understanding of the issue of uncertainty in model inputs, structure and observed outputs.

The assessment of the course will be based on written reports on selected papers, as well as a project exploring a particular paper/model in more detail. The key component of the project will be proposing potential improvements in the work done, and doing at least some initial work on evaluating these improvements. This will include components of:

• analytical evaluation of model behaviour

• coding the original and improved versions of the model and conducting sensitivity analysis

• exploration of structure of uncertainty in model inputs.

• Propagating uncertainty in inputs through the model

Note: Graduate students attend joint classes with undergraduates but are assessed separately.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Describe the basic processes and behaviour of different environmental systems and the major methods of modelling these (e.g. model family selection, model structure identification, parameter estimation, sensitivity assessment, optimisation).

2. Be able to apply the concept of tradeoffs and uncertainty sources in decision-making and optimisation through critical evaluation of case studies referring to hydrology, ecology, water quality and socioeconomics.

3. Evaluate the issues in building and evaluating models; formulate treatment of complex real-world problems (not just environmental problems); and select appropriate frameworks and methods to solve these, including using computer platforms and the statistical R package.

4. Communicate and engage with interest groups involved in a problem; and appreciate how integrated assessment can be used for managing our environment more sustainably, and the valuable role played by modelling.

5. Build a model of a system, drawing on an existing understanding of the typical behaviour of the system and available data.

6. Be able to critically evaluate the limitations of a model, and identify and conduct research that will enable improvements in the model.

Indicative Assessment

Assessment will be based on:

Five reviews of selected papers (50%; LO 1, 2)

Two presentations (10%; LO 3, 4)

Project (40%; LO 5 and 6)

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36 lectures and regular tutorials

Requisite and Incompatibility

You will need to contact the Department of Mathematics to request a permission code to enrol in this course.

Fees

Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Students continuing in their current program of study will have their tuition fees indexed annually from the year in which you commenced your program. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
2
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500

Course fees

Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 \$1650
2004 \$2160
2005 \$2520
2006 \$2520
2007 \$2520
2008 \$2916
2009 \$2916
2010 \$2916
2011 \$2946
2012 \$2946
2013 \$2946
2014 \$2946
International fee paying students
Year Fee
1994-2003 \$3606
2004 \$3618
2005 \$3618
2006 \$3618
2007 \$3618
2008 \$3618
2009 \$3618
2010 \$3750
2011 \$3756
2012 \$3756
2013 \$3756
2014 \$3762
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only.
Class summaries, if available, can be accessed by clicking on the View link for the relevant class number.

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7524 21 Jul 2014 08 Aug 2014 31 Aug 2014 30 Oct 2014 In Person N/A