During Eurokarst 2024, the first day (Monday, June 10th) will be dedicated exclusively to the pre-conference courses, having a duration of 6-8 hours.

To activate each course, at least 10 registrations are required. The reserve criteria will be in order of registration.

Course fee: 70 euros (includes coffee breaks and lunch).

Three different concurrent courses are offered:

A) Challenges and Solutions of Numeric Groundwater Modeling in Karst using Groundwater Vistas and Connected Linear Networks (CLNs)

Teacher: Neven Kresic (Independent Groundwater Consultant)

Duration: 6 hours

Objectives of the course are to introduce numeric modeling concepts as applied to karst hydrogeology, learn how to build numeric models in a georeferenced (GIS) environment using Modflow USG and CLNs within Groundwater Vistas computer program, and to understand model limitations. A numeric 3D model will be built from scratch demonstrating how to utilize/import basemaps, develop model layering, assign model boundary conditions and parameters, and represent karst conduits using CLNs which are brought in as 3D shapefiles. All attendees can obtain a 30-day fully functional license for Groundwater Vistas graphic user interface prior to the workshop. It is advised to bring your own laptop and use it during the workshop. No previous knowledge of groundwater modeling is required, but solid foundation in hydrogeology is recommended.

B) Transport karst modelling approaches in the saturated and unsaturated zone”

Teacher: Andreas Hartmann and Gabriele Chiogna (Dresden Technical University)

Duration: 6 hours

Is a good match between your simulated spring discharge and the observed discharge enough to say that your model “is working”? In the first part of the workshop we are going to critically discuss this question going beyond the concept of model equifinality. In the second part, we present a review of solute transport models for karst aquifers, emphasizing the need for accurate predictions due to global changes. We finally outline key challenges and suggest future research directions to enhance model reliability and ecosystem protection.

C) Visual KARSYS

Teachers: Dr. Pierre-Yves Jeannin, Dr. Arnauld Malard (ISSKA, CH)

Duration: 6 hours

This course is dedicated to the learning of the KARSYS approach through an application on a pilot site by using the Visual KARSYS web-tool (www.visualkarsys.com). Participants will be introduced in theoretical aspects of the approach and in the practical process of its application. visualkarsys.com is developed for geologists and hydrogeologists working in complex geological / hydrogeological regions (karst, volcanic, etc.), The course is designed for hydrogeologists with basic knowledge in hydrogeology and 3D modelling. Any professional interested in groundwater management, engineering, renewable energies in karst environments will gain a good understanding of hydrogeology and a pragmatic way to assess hydrogeological systems. 

*) MOFLOW CFP, its implementation in Python CFPy and its coupling to PyKasso

Teacher: Thomas Reimann (Dresden Technical University)

Duration: 2 hours (at the end of the other courses)

This lecture will be offered for free to ALL participants to one of the courses.

Closing session (after each course closure, open to all participants)

The closing section of the pre-conference courses will briefly introduce the numerical discrete-continuum model MODFLOW Conduit Flow Process (CFP). Following a concise overview of the numerical approach, we will discuss the recent integration of CFP into a Python framework. This integration allows for coupling with FloPy, a Python library for MODFLOW pre- and postprocessing, along with other open-source tools. Attendees will gain insight into the model’s capabilities and workflow through short examples and interactive documents (Jupyter Notebooks).

Subsequently, the presentation will introduce PyKasso, a tool for stochastically generating conduit networks. These networks are then solved using CFPy, offering a comprehensive and scalable solution. An interactive document will be shared with attendees to generate and solve their own stochastically generated conduit systems.

The session will conclude with an outlook on future developments, including enhanced transport capabilities of CFPy and upcoming features of PyKasso.