Summer School on Flow and Transport in Terrestrial Systems

Compact Course


July 29th to Aug 2nd 2013

Daily from 09:00 to 17:00. See   summer school web page for details. 



Prof. Kurt Roth

Institute of Environmental Physics

Heidelberg University


Dr. Olaf Ippisch

Interdisciplinary Center for Scientific Computing

Heidelberg University


Prof. Hans-Jörg Vogel

Department of Soil Physics

Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ




This summer school provides a compact presentation of current concepts on flow and transport in the subsurface of terrestrial systems. Thematically, it encompasses the flow of groundwater and soil water, the transport of dissolved chemicals, and the coupling between soil and atmosphere. It covers the underlying physical processes, the multi-scale architecture of terrestrial systems, and the resulting macroscopic phenomena as well as their numerical simulation and methods for estimating effective representation.


The main goals of this summer school are:

  1. thorough understanding of the natural processes and of the limitations of their model representations and
  2. operational command of corresponding numerical simulation tools.

The course material includes comprehensive lecture notes as well as state-of-the-art numerical simulation tools.

Target Group

Advanced students and researchers active in the field of physical processes within the unsaturated zone and groundwater. Participants should be skilled in basic physics and maths.


  1. Water flowing through aquifers and soils
  2. Hierarchical structure of terrestrial systems
  3. Transport of dissolved chemicals
  4. Modelling and Simulation
  5. Parametrisation and Parameter Estimation 
  6. Plant-soil-atmosphere interactions

Further information and a registration link can be found on the   summerschool webpages.