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School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Now offering two distinct diplomas: Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Applications in Environmental Modeling


School Environmental Engineering
Course Level Undergraduate
Course ID ENVE 421 Semester 7th
Course Category Required
Course Modules Instruction Hours per Week ECTS

Lectures and Tutorials

T=2, E=1, L=0

Course Type Scientific area
Instruction/Exam Language Greek
The course is offered to Erasmus students No
Course URL https//  (in Greek)



Learning Outcomes

1. "Introduction to environmental simulation methodology", you should be able to:

  • Explain the importance of using models in environmental engineering
  • Describe the stages of developing models
  • Categorize the models

2. "Transport Phenomena", you should be able to:

  • write the mass balance equations for advection and dispersion systems, and for advection-dispersion systems with reactions
  • Calculate biochemical parameters in natural systems
  • Understand the importance of sediment transport
  • solve ordinary and partial differential mass balance equations
  • calculate the time and concentration of pollutants at steady state

3. "Chemical Reaction Kinetics", you should be able to:

  • classify kinetic reactions
  • Calculate kinetic reaction rate constants from experimental data
  • Plan experiments to calculate reaction rate constants

4. "Eutrophication", you should be able to:

  • Understand the phenomenon of eutrophication and its effects on ecosystems
  • Explain the role of limiting factor for the eutrophication of systems
  • Use simple eutrophication models to analyze the trophic status of a lake
  • Understand the concept of nutrient load criteria

5. "Ecosystem Models", you should be able to:

  • Understand the dynamic interdependence of organisms in an ecosystem
  • Understand the kinetics of nutrients in an ecosystem
  • write the mass balance equations of an ecosystem model
  • Write the reactions of development of higher organisms for an ecosystem model
  • Explain the limitations on the use of ecosystems models

6. "Conventional Pollutants in Rivers and lakes", you should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of conventional pollutants to public health
  • write the mass balance equations of conventional pollutants for rivers and estuaries and solve them analytically
  • Evaluate the effects of conventional pollutants after solving the mathematical problem
General Competencies/Skills
  • Independent study
  • Search, analyze and synthesize data and information, using the necessary technologies
  • Design and Project Management


  • Introduction to the methodology of modeling environmental systems
  • Transport Phenomena
    • Advective, dispersive and advective-dispersive systems
    • Compartmentalization
    • Sediment Transport
    • Simple Transport Models,
    • Parameters calculation
  • Chemical Reaction Kinetics,
  • Eutrophication,
  • Ecosystem Models,
  • Conventional Pollutants in Rivers and Lakes


Lecture Method Direct (face to face)

Use of Information and Communication Technology

  • Specialized Project Management Software
  • Support Learning Process via the e-class platform
  • Creation and use of environmental models
  • Use of GIS maps
Instruction Organisation Activity Workload per Semester
- Lectures 40
- Review and analysis of bibliography 40
- 3 independent modeling Projects 30
- 4 sets of exercises 15
Course Total 125

Assessment Method

I. Written final exam (70%) comprising of:

  • Solving problems with quantitative data
  • Comparative evaluation of modeling results

II. Evaluation of individual projects (30%)


  • Environmental Modeling, του J.L. Schnoor, 1996
  • Aquatic Chemistry του Ν.Π. Νικολαΐδη, 2005


Course Instructor: Professor N. Nikolaidis (Faculty - EnvEng)
Lectures: Professor N. Nikolaidis (Faculty - EnvEng)
Tutorial exercises: Professor N. Nikolaidis (Faculty - EnvEng)
Laboratory Exercises: