Modelling Can Help Support the Sustainable Development of Hydropower - Short Course for Developers Introduces How

On June 3, 2015 hydropower developers in Lao PDR will attend a short course on integrated hydropower modelling with the aim to learn how modelling technologies can help improve their project planning.


“The hydropower industry can benefit directly from modelling. Developers can use these technologies to gather more precise information they have on reservoir hydrology, sediments and water quality,” said Jorma Koponen, course trainer. “Modelling can also improve power generation opportunities; upstream developments such as land use and climate change; downstream impacts and risks such as flooding; and optimize cascade operations.”


The short course will cover topics including:


·         Hydrological, hydrodynamic, sediment and water quality fundamentals

·         Watershed management impacts on reservoirs

·         Climate change modelling and climate change impacts on dams

·         Cascade optimization

·         Use of modelling in risk management

·         Use of modelling for hydropower design and operations planning


Developers will gain exposure to the modelling system and how its applications can be used to model watersheds and in synergy with other leading modelling systems. Participants will learn how to use the system to model topographies, river networks, land use and soil characteristics. The course will be especially useful for sub-watershed hydrology, flood, water quality and sediment modelling.


The course will be divided into four parts:


       Cascade mode concept

       Model outputs

       Climate change impact assessment

       Project implementation


“We hope to offer something for all levels in this course. This modelling tool can be one used by everybody,” said Koponen. “Participants will learn that there is no need to select a specific modelling tool early on. Different approaches can be piloted and tested then best selected according to the user’s needs.”


For more information on this short course, click here.