The third edition on the Winter School on GEOframe (GWS2021) will be held between January 7 and 16, 2021 in Trento, Italy.  The course is devoted to Ph.D. Students, Post-docs, Young researchers (and Professionals!) interested in estimating all the components of the hydrological cycle (rainfall, evapotranspiration, snow-melting, and river discharge).  The system they will learn allows to work out very small catchments and continental basins as well (e.g. Abera et al., 2017a,b) up to build operational solutions as the one used in Basilicata.

The aim of the course is to enable participants to run their own simulations and eventually on their own catchments and estimate the hydrological budget components. 

Previous Winter school material is freely available at the GEOframe blog.

With respect to what done in past, there will be more practice and more detailed work on evapotranspiration and rainfall-runoff. It will be much more focused on exercises and on getting the water budget performed under various hypotheses on models' structure.

Registration and fee

Due to COVID-19/COVID-SARS-2 the lectures and the work will be limited to, at most, 10 people in presence but it will be possible to follow the class remotely either synchronous online and asynchronous online (we’ll use a “blended” type of teaching based on Zoom). There is no fee or subscription for the asynchronous classes (and no personal support, just the support coming through the geoframe users mailing list).

Synchronous classes require subscription and the payment of a small fee of 10 Euros (free of “VAT tax” as per art. 10 DPR 633/72) or (for Italians only) a subscription to the Italian Hydrological Society.

However, who requires a certificate of participation, and want personal support, must pay 150 euros (free of “VAT tax” as per art. 10 DPR 633/72).

Getting the certificate will be subject to present a report and an analysis of a catchment performed with the GEOframe tools. Tourists are  welcomed but obviously real learning requires exercise and some effort.

Instructors will be

Prof. Riccardo Rigon, Ph.D. (GS)
Prof. Giuseppe Formetta, Ph.D. (GS)
Ing. Marialaura Bancheri, Ph.D. (GS)
Ing. Niccolò Tubini, Ph.D. candidate
Ing. Concetta D’Amato, Ph.D student

The provisional topics will be:

Day 1 -   Installation and introduction to the Object Modelling System Infrastructure and Jupyter

Day 2 -   Hydrologic Response Units delineation and treatment of spatial features

Day 3 - Interpolation of hydrometeorological datasets and elements of parameters calibration with LUCA and particle swarm tools

Day 4 - Estimation of evaporation and transpiration 

Day 5 - Rainfall-Runoff I - Representation of semidistributed models with the Extended Petri Nets. The embedded reservoir (ERM -see also here) and other available models. Discussing  inputs data to models and modelling solutions. 

Day 6 - Rainfall-Runoff - II  - Preparing the topology and the simulation files.  Connecting and disconnecting components. Running modelling solutions. 

Day 7 - Trying alternative modelling solutions

Day 8 -  A little on travel times with GEOframe


A website will be prepared for this scope. Subscription should be made during the November month.
With December 1, 2020,  we start to give students support for  installations required to run our models.