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School of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Now offering two distinct diplomas: Chemical Engineering and Environmental Engineering

Applications in Environmental Modeling


SchoolEnvironmental Engineering
Course LevelUndergraduate
Course IDENVE 421Semester7th
Course CategoryRequired
Course ModulesInstruction Hours per WeekECTS

Lectures and Tutorials

T=2, E=1, L=0

Course TypeScientific area
Instruction/Exam LanguageGreek
The course is offered to Erasmus studentsNo
Course URLhttps//  (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 MethodDirect (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 OrganisationActivityWorkload per Semester
- Lectures40
- Review and analysis of bibliography40
- 3 independent modeling Projects30
- 4 sets of exercises15
Course Total125

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: