Model calibration, evaluation and validation

CPD Course

This course aims to expand on basic modelling skills by introducing participants to thinking about model inputs and outputs under three key themes of calibration, evaluation and validation. Participants will use industry-standard hydrological models such as Flood Mapper (formerly ISIS) and TUFLOW to learn how to build models, how to calibrate models using data, how to check models for errors and how to evaluate model performance. Participants will gain hands-on experience of using this models during our dedicated practical sessions which form part of the course. 

If you are interested in modelling but have limited or no previous experience, why not join us on the Introduction Flood Modelling course. Furthermore you can book both modelling courses for a discounted price.


Course CPD Course
Length 1 day - TBC

Led by:

Dr Katharine Welsh (BSc, PhD)

Dr Servel Miller (PhD, MSc, PGDip, PgCert, BSc. FHEA, FRGS, CGeog. Dip.)

Matthew Fox (BSc, MSc) - Eden Vale Young 

Weetwood Consultants


What are the benefits of participating?

  • Certificate of completion
  • Course certified by CPD Certification Service
  • Course accredited by CIWEM
  • Practitioner-led course
  • Access to tutors for up to one month after course date
  • Affordable Continuing Professional Development course
  • Learn about the recent research
  • Network with experts and peers in the field of flood risk assessment
  • Hands-on experience
  • Access to University of Chester library resources for two months after course date
  • Access to University of Chester online learning space
  • Access to industry standard software
  • A copy of the course notes to take away


The course will be delivered using a mixture of:

  • Presentations and discussions
  • Interactive group exercises

  • LOCATION: University of Chester


You will learn about:

  • Model calibration
  • Building models using Flood Mapper
  • Error checking
  • Evaluating model performance

What are the learning outcomes?

Successful students will meet the following Learning Outcomes:

Knowledge and Understanding

1. Understand the application of modelling techniques to flood risk evaluation

2. Understand how to utilise and apply flood models

3. Understand important phases of modelling such as calibration, validation and evaluation

Subject-specific Skills

4. Learn how to use industry standard models and software.

5. Learn how to use data in numerical models.

Key Skills

6. Abstract and synthesise information from a variety of sources

7. Demonstrate an ability to take a reasoned and logical approach to problem solving

There is no formal assessment for the course but a certificate will only be issued upon completion of class-based exercise.

Prerequisites: No qualifications required.

Available to: This is a valuable course for landscape architects, consultancies, planners, developers, local authorities and geoscience students/graduates who wish to gain hands-on experience of using industry standard flood modelling software within a flood risk assessment framework.