Lecture series “Soil- and land surface physical parameterisations in Soil Vegetation Atmosphere Transfer (SVAT) models”

May 15, 2018

On May 21-25, 2018, Nazarbayev University together with the University of Reading with a support from Erasmus+ organizes a lecture series on “Soil- and land surface physical parameterisations in Soil Vegetation Atmosphere Transfer (SVAT) models”. in Astana, Kazakhstan conducted by Professor Soil Physics and Micrometeorology Anne Verhoef, The University of Reading, UK

This brief lecture series aims to provide the student with an understanding of the key processes related to the transfer of heat, water vapour (and CO2) in the Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere (SVA) system. It will teach them how these processes can be simulated using SVA transfer models (SVATs). Emphasis will be on the key parameters required for these SVATs, as well as on atmospheric/soil/vegetation state variables and energy/mass fluxes required to drive and verify these models. The student will be provided with some background material (including a number of scientific articles) on various SVA-related subjects.  A number of freely available SVATs (e.g. SWAP, Hydrus1) will be introduced briefly. During a number of ‘surgeries’ there will also be an opportunity to discuss specific SVAT needs.

Lecture I: Introduction to SVATS and Land Surface models

Energy -water, -radiation balance

Lecture II: Soil physical parameterisation

Lecture III: Aerodynamic and surface resistances, Penman-Monteith equation

Lecture IV: Model verification and application

Lecture V: Introduction to a number of SVATs

The lecturer profile

The lectures will be conducted from 11:00 to 13:00. The venue – TBA.

To participate please register here

Registration closes on the 17th of May 2018.