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Groundwater Recharge Rate Estimation using Unsaturated Numerical Models

How to determinate groundwater recharge rates in your water resources and environmental studies

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Understanding groundwater recharge is essential for the successful management of water resources and modeling fluid and contaminant transport within the subsurface. Hydrogeologists, water-resource specialists, civil and agricultural engineers, earth and environmental scientists will benefit from this self paced online course.

More then 5 hours of carefully chosen video material will lead you to groundwater recharge rate estimation - first starting with soil texture, then soil water content and potential (theory plus practical measurement) and then to procedure how to make soil water retention curve which is basis for getting unsaturated hydraulic parameters needed in numerical models.

After you made a soil water retention curve in lab I will show you a free software how to use it (soil water retention curve) to get unsaturated hydraulic parameters needed for numerical simulation in 1D vertical flow direction.

After this course you are going to be able to set up monitoring network for soil moisture and potential and to model rainfall infiltration and its movement in deeper part of vadose zone where eventually it will become groundwater recharge - so you are going to be able to precisely determine groundwater recharge rate.

And of course, you can ask as many questions as you want on the Forum of this course.



Class Curriculum


  The other quantity to measure to estimate groundwater recharge from precipitation - Water Potential
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Your Instructor


Dragan Kaludjerovic, PhD
Dragan Kaludjerovic, PhD

Dragan Kaludjerovic received his BSc, MSc an PhD at Belgrade University and he is currently at specialization at The Johns Hopkins University - Environmental Engineering.

In his early career, 1998, Dr. Kaludjerovic focused his research on more complicated numerical models such as unsaturated zone modeling and transport modeling with MT3DMS. Feedback from his presentation at the MODFLOW 98 Conference influenced him to continue to work on mathematical models and their application to hydrogeology engineering which resulted in his MSc defense.

Later, in 2000, he was invited to work at Waterloo Hydrogeologic Inc, (WHI), a world leader at that time in groundwater model software development and consulting. During his time at WHI, he was introduced to innovative modeling techniques, including PEST for parameter estimation and reactive transport modeling with RT3D.

During the next several years, Dr. Kaludjerovic worked on numerous projects including the design of a large groundwater source with 1000 l/s in Macedonia.

In 2005, Dr. Kaludjerovic started work on his PhD thesis which was completed in 2008 and titled "Natural Attenuation of Contamination in Groundwater". The scope of this thesis focused on applications of the RT3D (Reactive Transport) model with multiple electron acceptors to a field case (aquifer contaminated with xylene).

After his PhD thesis, Dr Kaludjerovic continue to conduct research in the area of aerobic and anaerobic bioremediation with emphasis on emulsified oil projects and gas infusion technologies. During his carrier Dr Kaludjerovic published more then 25 papers which can be found below or on his Linkedin page.


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The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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