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PHREEQC - Hydrogeochemical Transport Modelling Course

Ferrara, September 28 - October 1, 2010

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dal 28/09/2010 alle 08:50
al 01/10/2010 alle 08:50


Earth Sciences Department of Ferrara University

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Organized by Earth Sciences Department of

Ferrara University
Dr. Boris van Breukelen
University of Ferrara, Italy
September 28 – October 1, 2010




This 4-day short course introduces participants to the modelling of hydrochemical, isotope geochemical, and microbial processes with the popular PHREEQC-2. Simulation of all major biogeochemical processes will be explained and practiced step-by-step starting from simple systems and going towards more complex integrated case studies in the end. The course is designed for people who want to refresh their knowledge on (isotope) hydrochemistry and learn how to construct (isotope) biogeochemical models for their own studies. The course focuses on applications in environmental chemistry and contaminant hydrogeology in groundwater and soils. Exercises cover both organic and inorganic (metal) biogeochemistry.




Two thirds of the course time is devoted to computer exercises, one third to lectures. Computer exercises will be introduced by short lectures and explained afterwards. Besides Phreeqc for Windows, other useful and freely available open source software will be instructed: PHAST (PHREEQC coupled to HST3D for 3-D modelling), PEST (for Parameter Estimation), and Python (open source alternative to MATLAB for making graphs).



The course will be presented by the international expert Dr. Boris van Breukelen, Assistant Professor Hydrochemistry at the VU University Amsterdam and specialist for modelling of biogeochemical processes and associated isotope fractionation in (polluted) groundwater environments. This course will be given for the third time.



The course is aimed at researchers, PhD-students, consultants, and engineers who (plan to) undertake hydrochemical modelling as part of their work or studies. The use of PHREEQC both as research instrument and practical tool will be shown.



Participants will benefit the most from this course if they have a basic knowledge and understanding of groundwater (flow/transport) and hydrochemical processes. Prior modelling experience is not required.


The fee for the 4-day course is € 1100 and € 900 for PhD students. Each day 6½ hours of instruction will be given excluding three breaks of in total 2 hours. The number of participants is limited to 14. The fee covers instruction, desktop computers to work on, course notes and CD, lunch and refreshments on all days, and a certificate of participation.

Full payment must be received prior to the beginning of the course.

The registration fee may be paid by BANK TRANSFER, CREDIT CARD or purchase order. If a cancellation is made before August 28th 2010, tuition fees will be refunded. Cancellations made after that date will forfeit a €150 processing fee in addition to the €100 deposit. In the event of a cancellation, the right to course material is also forfeited. Substitutions are permitted at any time prior to the start of the course. Please be advised that if the program is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, CFR will return all course fees, but will not be liable for any other expenses incurred by the prospective attendees.



The course will be held at the Scientific & Technologic Pole of Ferrara University, 30 minutes east of Bologna, 1 hour west of Venice. Both International Airports of Bologna and Venice can be reached by taxi, train, and airport shuttle or rental car. Lodging is available in the beautiful Renaissance city of Ferrara, within walking distance of the campus. Detailed information regarding transportation, parking, and lodging will be sent upon registration.