Modelling mixing and transport in lakes, harbors and estuaries

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01/02/2016 - 08:00
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03/02/2016 - 18:00
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Winter short course on

Modelling mixing and transport in lakes, harbors and estuaries

Local organizers: Dr. J.Niemela (ICTP); Prof. V. Armenio (University of Trieste)

Location: Adriatico Guest House, The Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste, Italy

Time: 1-3 of February 2016

Duration: 3 days, 18 hours



A reliable modelling of hydrodynamics and transport of substances in water basins, such as lakes, harbors
and estuaries, is typically a difficult task because of the intermittent external forcing (mainly wind), the
internal stratification (usually due to the vertical distribution of temperature and/or salinity), the possible
onset of internal waves, and the complex diffusion processes that characterize these environments. In
particular, simulating the mixing associated with turbulence requires suitable models, which vary from very
simple algebraic empirical closure for the eddy diffusivity, to more elaborate systems of differential
equations for the transport of the turbulence properties, up to complex and computational demanding
Large Eddy Simulations that are nowadays becoming a viable option also to study real problems. This
course aims at providing the basic background on the boundary conditions and the physical processes in
lakes, estuaries and semi-enclosed basins as well as the modelling tools to understand and exploit the
recent developments in this field. The course is intended for researchers and practitioners willing to
become mature and aware users of the commercial software available in the environmental fluid dynamics
engineering community.


Topics and lecturers:

1. Physics of lakes – 4 h

Alfred Johny Wüest (EPFL and EAWAG, Switzerland;,


2. Numerical modelling of transport and mixing in lakes and estuaries – 4 h

Hans Burchard (Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research, Germany;


3. Large eddy simulation in closed and semi-closed basin – 4 h

Vincenzo Armenio (University of Trieste, Italy; )


4. Simple models for lake dynamics – 3 h

Marco Toffolon (University of Trento, Italy;


5. – The ecological quality of reservoirs -3 h

Enrique Navarro, Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (Spanish National Research Council), Spain;



The course will be held at Euler Lecture Room, ICTP, Leonardo Building (Main Building of the ICTP)

A limited number of rooms has been reserved at Adriatico Guest House (ICTP) for participants

Detailed maps and information on how to get there are

Useful info are available at and

The registration fee is 350 EU and it covers course material, coffee breaks, 2 lunches and course dinner.


Payments should be made exclusively by bank transfer


Please, complete the attached registration form and return it by emai to:


You can download registration form here

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