Catchment Hydrology and Assessment LEC.444

This module brings together the latest methods and applied techniques in catchment hydrology and modelling.

Course Overview

It will provide delegates with a solid foundation in the key concepts in hydrology, hydrometrics and basic hydrological processes operating at a catchment scale.

Teaching will focus on the practical application of skills and industry standard techniques in the context of the latest legislation, guidance and policy.

Next module starting November 2019

Who should attend?

The course is particularly relevant to design engineers, practitioners involved in flood risk management, highway and urban drainage designers, development control and consenting officers and catchment managers.

Course outcomes

On completion of this course, delegates will be able to:

  • Apply industry standard flood estimation and modelling techniques to solve real problems in the context of flood risk management and the latest legislation and policy
  • Use hydrological data and be able to deal with uncertainty in a real world situation
  • Describe catchment characteristics and their implications for flood hydrology
  • Critically assess the main hydrological assessment and modelling techniques
  • Apply the FEH methodology to estimate flood risk
  • Deal with the absence of local data and know which estimation or modelling technique to choose

Topics covered

  • Hydrological processes and catchment characteristics.
  • Hydrological data: collection, validation and manipulation.
  • Hydrological estimation:
    • statistical approaches to design flood estimation including an introduction to the Flood Estimation Handbook (FEH);
    • rainfall runoff modelling techniques, including time series modelling and design event models;
    • permeable catchment and reservoir flood estimation.
  • Managing hydrological studies, interpreting results, understanding and communicating uncertainty and communicating design flood estimates to the public.


  • Interactive presentations including a new visual demonstration of the FEH Statistical Method. 
  • Hands-on exercises, worked examples and case studies.
  • Group discussions and a field trip to the River Conder.
  • A comprehensive set of course notes and learning resources will be provided.


Maxine Zaidman BSc PhD CEnv MCIWEM C.WEM

Maxine is a hydrologist with over 18 years’ experience in the water industry. Her specific areas of expertise include quantification of hydrological extremes, hydraulics, hydrometrics and groundwater-surface water interactions.

Duncan Faulkner MSc DIC MA FCIWEM C.WEM CSci

Duncan is a specialist in flood hydrology and has extensive experience both in research projects and a large number of consultancy studies. He has developed JBA’s and the Environment Agency training courses on flood estimation methods. He is a former member of the Flood Estimation Handbook research team and author of the Environment Agency’s Flood Estimation Guidelines.