How to probe your MODFLOW modeling skills?

  • Follower: Over the past couple of weeks I have intensively studied the tutorials, groundwater modeling blogs, and usgs links you have posted on the hatariwater tumblr site. I cannot thank you enough for provided such easy to follow and concise videos. They have completely opened my eyes to a whole new section of hydrology that I didn't know even existed.
  • Unfortunately, my current problem is that I don't know how to continue my studies in groundwater modeling/modflow. It would be a dream come true to be able to work with modflow in my future career, but it seems that companies are not likely to hire a novice. Do you have any guides or suggestions that could help me out? Thank you again for your time!
  • Hatari Water: I would suggest to pursue a master degree, or to do your thesis on a real basin scale model. Publish a couple of papers and then make a good and impressive cv. There are a lot of "modelers" around, but few with proved experience.
  • Follower: Absolutely, I completely agree. Is there a particular reason to use a real basin scale model? I also noticed that modflow is written in fortran. I've learned how to program in Python and Java for a couple of my courses UCSB. How helpful would knowing fortran be? My goal is to eventually be able to create my own groundwater model or at least modify existing ones.
  • Hatari Water: There is no need to learn Fortran. So far we have Python skills, but only for data processing. Regional groundwater modeling is a good exercise. If you probe your that you can calibrate a model with transient data over 30 piezometers and 3 baseflow stations, you will certain have good choice to be elegible as modeler.

Saul Montoya

Saul Montoya es Ingeniero Civil graduado de la Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú en Lima con estudios de postgrado en Manejo e Ingeniería de Recursos Hídricos (Programa WAREM) de la Universidad de Stuttgart con mención en Ingeniería de Aguas Subterráneas y Hidroinformática.

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