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Data analysis and modelling for aquatic ecosystems

IHE Delft Institute for Water Education

Certificate / Diploma Short course Delft

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study Agriculture and environment
Course summary The course contains different (statistical) data analysis techniques for handling ecological data sets using MS Excel and R software and dynamic simulation modelling with Stella.
Course description The course gives a general introduction on data analysis and modelling (descriptive/explanatory models, static/dynamic, deterministic/stochastic; model objectives; conceptual models; model and system boundaries); database management; refresher on basic statistics; introduction to Bayesian statistics; multivariate models; dynamic simulation models (state-determined systems, feedback; equations for main ecological processes like exponential and logistic growth, temperature dependence, diffusion, first-order processes, nutrient limitation); examples of ecological models such as PCLake and Fish Growth Simulator. Students work on a case which consists of a raw dataset which they organize and analyse during the module. In the last week, they construct a simple Stella model of the same case. Activities: organise a database in Excel; transfer data from Excel to R; basic statistics in R; multiple regression analysis; factor analysis. In groups students construct a Stella model of plant growth/fish growth/water quality/etc. using process equations. Presentations of analyses and models (oral and report).
Study subjects Data handling and analysis Statistical procedures and tests Ecological modelling Applying the different techniques individually and in groups to a case study Present and report the results of the case study Demonstrations of existing complex dynamic simulations models of aquatic ecosystems
Course objectives Store and manipulate experimental data; Perform exploratory data analysis using MS Excel and R; Perform basic statistical procedures and analyses using R; Understand and apply the principles of Bayesian statistics; Construct a dynamic simulation model of an ecosystem using Stella; Discuss the strengths, weaknesses of the analyses; Communicate the methods, results and conclusions of a case study.
ECTS credits 5.00
Duration 3 week(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, computer modeling, group assignment, individual assignment, lecture
Accreditation -

About the institution

Department IHE Delft
Information about the institution IHE Delft Institute for Water Education is the largest international graduate water education facility in the world and the only institution in the UN system to confer accredited MSc degrees and promote PhDs. It offers degree programmes, short courses, online courses and tailor-made training. Since 1957 the Institute has provided graduate education to more than 15,000 water professionals from over 160 countries. More than 175 PhD candidates were promoted. IHE Delft is at the centre of a vast international network of water related institutions, and functions as an interface between knowledge networks and centres, public and private sector organizations, scientific and professional associations and other members of the international water community. The Institute runs a substantial number of joint MSc programmes implemented in partnership with universities around the globe. These joint programmes combine the strengths of the collaborating institutions and deliver either multiple degrees or a joint degree.


Admission requirements
  1. Several years of relevant working experience
  2. Relevant wo bachelor (academic bachelor) BSc degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant field from a recognized university
Language requirements
IELTS overall band 6
TOEFL internet based 87
TOEFL paper based 999
Professional experience required -
Duration 3 week(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
18 May 2020 18 Apr 2020 18 Apr 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2019 (FT)€ 2910€ 2910n.a.

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