- Class Number 6121
- Term Code 3160
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- AsPr Barry Croke
- AsPr Barry Croke
- Dr Joseph Guillaume
- Prof Anthony Jakeman
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 26/07/2021
- Class End Date 29/10/2021
- Census Date 14/09/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- 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).
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Build a model of a system, drawing on an existing understanding of the typical behaviour of the system and available data.
- Be able to critically evaluate the limitations of a model, and identify and conduct research that will enable improvements in the model.
Recommended student system requirements
ANU courses commonly use a number of online resources and activities including:
- video material, similar to YouTube, for lectures and other instruction
- two-way video conferencing for interactive learning
- email and other messaging tools for communication
- interactive web apps for formative and collaborative activities
- print and photo/scan for handwritten work
- home-based assessment.
To fully participate in ANU learning, students need:
- A computer or laptop. Mobile devices may work well but in some situations a computer/laptop may be more appropriate.
- Speakers and a microphone (e.g. headset)
- Reliable, stable internet connection. Broadband recommended. If using a mobile network or wi-fi then check performance is adequate.
- Suitable location with minimal interruptions and adequate privacy for classes and assessments.
- Printing, and photo/scanning equipment
For more information please see https://www.anu.edu.au/students/systems/recommended-student-system-requirements
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
Student FeedbackANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.
|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction to environmental modelling and modelling practices|
|2||statistics and modelling: measuring model performance, interpolation, correlation|
|4||Hydromad prac and pathogen modelling||Report on hydrological modelling computer lab (due week 5) Scoping document for project due|
|5||Numerical issues, sensitivity analysis methods|
|6||Sampling methods (Monte Carlo, Latin hypercube, quasi MC) + discussion on projects/course so far|
|7||Bayesian networks and assignment 1 presentations||report and presentation for assignment 1|
|8||Data assimilation and uncertainty [Data assimilation presented by Luigi Renzullo (FSES, ANU)|
|9||Uncertainty (numerical approximations)||report of Assignment 2|
|10||Regional Climate modelling and forecasting [Regional climate modelling presented by Fei Ji (NSW DPIE); forecasting by Julien Lerat (Bureau of Meteorology)]|
|12||flood plan inundation and ecology, example application (assessing Bradfield schemes) [flood plain inundation and ecology presented by Jin Teng (CSIRO)]||Project reports due|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Return of assessment||Learning Outcomes|
|project scoping document||5 %||16/08/2021||25/09/2021||4|
|Hydromad lab report||5 %||23/08/2021||27/09/2021||3,5|
|Assignment 1 report||15 %||20/09/2021||11/10/2021||1,2,4,6|
|presentation for assignment 1||5 %||20/09/2021||01/11/2021||4|
|Assignment 2 report||15 %||07/10/2021||01/11/2021||1,2,4,6|
|Presentation of project work||5 %||21/10/2021||15/11/2021||4|
|Project report||50 %||29/10/2021||22/11/2021||1,2,3,4,5,6|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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Moderation of AssessmentMarks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.
Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 4
project scoping document
You are required to provide an outline of project being undertaken, what literature has been identified as being relevant, list of any data that will be used in this work. Assessment will be based on demonstrated understanding of the issue being explored, and writing style.
Word limit: 500
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 3,5
Hydromad lab report
You will be required to demonstrate ability to use the Hydromad R package, showing results obtained for the selected dataset through plots and tables generated within R, or using the results obtained from the Hydromad package.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,6
Assignment 1 report
You are required to provide your personal impression of the selected paper. Your essay will be marked on the basis of your demonstrated understanding and coverage of issues. This will include justification of your impressions, using either supporting material (e.g. other published papers), mathematics or logical arguments.
Word limit: 1000
Assessment Task 4
Learning Outcomes: 4
presentation for assignment 1
You will be assessed on your presentation style. This includes use of visual aids, and ability to engage the audience.
Assessment Task 5
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,4,6
Assignment 2 report
You are required to provide your personal impression of the paper. Your essay will be marked on the basis of your demonstrated understanding and coverage of issues. This will include justification of your impressions, using either supporting material (e.g. other published papers), mathematics or logical arguments.
Word limit: 1000
Assessment Task 6
Learning Outcomes: 4
Presentation of project work
This presentation will summarise the project, focusing on communicating to the class the key outputs. The presentation will be assessed in terms of the presentation style, use of visual aids, and engaging the audience.
Assessment Task 7
Learning Outcomes: 1,2,3,4,5,6
You will be required to develop a model as part of your project, making use of the methods taught in the course.
Assessment will be based on the review of the available literature, the mathematical basis of the work, the logic of the argument presented, the use of graphical aids where appropriate and the overall writing style.
Word limit: 4000
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Hardcopy SubmissionFor some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.
Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.
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AsPr Barry Croke
AsPr Barry Croke
Dr Joseph Guillaume