Learn how to use the Raven Hydrological Modelling Framework , a flexible and user-friendly software tool for developing both simple and complex watershed models. Raven is currently used across Canada by practitioners, consultants, researchers, and organizations for flood and reservoir forecasting, climate change impact assessment, regional water resource planning activities, and research applications. It enables the user to customize their model to different landscapes in Canada, and contains a suite of diagnostic tools for assessing and improving model quality. The course will be instructed by James R. Craig, the lead developer of the Raven framework and the Canada Research Chair in Hydrologic Modelling and Analysis at the University of Waterloo.
By the end of the course, each participant should:
- Have an improved appreciation for the capacity of Raven for flood forecasting, reservoir management, water budgeting, and transport simulation,
- Be able to apply, test, modify, and interpret simple models built with Raven and Raven-UBCWM,
- Understand the modelling workflow process , I/O, and basic implementation details,
- Have an understanding of the extended capabilities of Raven; understand the logistics associated with building and testing more advanced Raven models,
- Have an improved appreciation for the challenges of trustworthy model development.
Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Hydrologic Modelling and Analysis
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo
Dr. James Craig, an associate professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Waterloo, holds a Canada Research Chair in Hydrologic modelling and analysis. He is the developer of the hydrological modelling framework Raven, the successor to the popular UBC watershed model. Dr. Craig’s expertise is in numerical and analytical modelling of water resources systems, with a focus on surface water hydrology and regional scale groundwater flow, often in support of the energy sector. His research program straddles the divide between the fundamental and practical, with the goal of developing more robust, accurate, and useful modelling approaches that can be used to help guide management, design, and policy. The core of Dr. Craig’s research program, which advances the toolkit of hybrid analytical-numerical methods for a diverse range of problems, is complemented by his collaborative research in such varied fields as carbon sequestration, geothermal loop design, infiltration theory, cold regions hydrology, and oil sands remediation.