As part of Cascais World Forum 2012 (cascaiswf2012.org), to be held from 19 to 22 September 2012, some State-of-the-Art Pre-Conference Master Classes are provided before the event. Below you will find an announcement of the first course:

Title: Introduction to Fluvial, Floodplain and Coastal Numerical Modeling

Duration: 1 Day (September 18, 2012)

Instructors: Joao F. Pereira (UNO, PIES, USA) and Jose Matos Silva (UCP-FE, Portugal)

Languages: English, Portuguese and Spanish

Cost: 125€

Limited Entry: The number of participants enrolled in this course is limited by pedagogical reasons and number of seats in the assigned room. If the course is full and you cannot obtain space in it, you may add yourself to a waiting list, but this does not guarantee enrollment in the course.

This course gives an introduction to the application of numerical modeling tools in fluvial and environments, floodplains and coastal areas to study properties such as the hydrodynamics, sediment transport or the water quality of a system.

: The main focus of the course is on the application of 1-D, quasi 2-D and 3-D open channel numerical tools. An overview of the theory behind the models, data requirements, common capabilities and limitations of some of the most popular models will be given. Examples of applications with focus on hydrodynamics and sediment transport in rivers, reservoirs and coastal areas will be provided. A couple of hands-on exercises will be given to apply the concepts learned.

Who can attend: The class is open to individuals with or without and engineering background. This is an introduction course and everybody willing to learn a bit about environmental numerical models is welcomed to attend. Participants will receive a Certificate of Attendance, after successful completion of the course.

Your contribution in advance: At the time of enrollment, registrants are asked to explain their education background, the activities in which they are currently involved, interests, expectations, and their main reasons to attend this course. Your answers will help to adjust the course material.

9:00-10:15: Presentations, Course Overview
10:15-11:30: Introduction to the Governing Equations for Steady and Unsteady 1-D Flow
11:30-11:45: Coffee Break
11:45-13:00: Overview of Data Requirements and Boundary Conditions in Sub-Critical Flow
13:00-14:00: Lunch Break
14:00-15:15: Overview of some Popular Numerical Models, e.g., HEC-RAS (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
15:15-16:30: Hands-on-Exercises: Application of HEC-RAS to calculate the hydrodynamics in a Rectangular Channel
16:30-16:45: Coffee Break
16:45-18:00: Examples of Fluvial, Floodplain and Coastal Numerical Modeling Applications.