Modelling Hydrology and Global Change

The Hydro-JULES programme will host up to 30 students for a 5-day online Winter School in January 2023. 

Applications for the Winter school have now closed.

Target Audience

The aim is to train undergraduate, post-graduate, early-career and other international junior scientists from the fields of water and the environment, land surface science, water resources, ecology, hydrometeorology, biogeochemistry and other related research areas concerned with the delivery of next-generation land-surface and hydrological predictions.

  • Course dates: Monday 16th to Friday 20th January 2023
  • Location: Online event
  • Organisers:Toby Marthews and Marcia Spencer
  • Eligibility: Applications are welcome from all candidates irrespective of nationality 
  • Costs: No course fees will be charged to any students receiving a place on the course (whether UK or international)
  • Organisers: Toby Marthews and Marcia Spencer

Hardware / Software Requirements 

You will need a laptop or desktop computer. 

Applicants MUST have an affiliated email address (i.e. not gmail/hotmail/etc.), be able to access a UNIX- or Linux-based system eligible for JASMIN access and have access to a video-calling system with sufficient bandwidth to maintain a Zoom/Skype/Microsoft Teams/ call (e.g. 2.0 Mbps upload and download).

We will use Zoom and Gather.Town to deliver the school.

Course Objectives

You will learn the technical skills to run JULES and standalone Hydro-JULES tools in order to investigate hydrological processes under current and future scenarios, understand how to use the technical features built in Hydro-JULES for collaboration in scientific projects.  You will participate in practical workshops in small groups, attend virtual fieldtrips, listen to keynote talks from our Hydro-JULES scientists and take part in our expert panel discussions and mentoring sessions using the on-line platform Gather.Town.  


The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) is a world-class research organisation focusing on land and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere.

Hydro-JULES is a NERC-funded research programme which will build a three-dimensional community model of the terrestrial water cycle to underpin hydrological research in the United Kingdom (delivered by UKCEH in partnership with BGS and NCAS).

Register to attend - Upcoming Keynote Talks

As part of our public outreach programme, the HJWS keynote series will be available to the scientific community from the 16 - 20 January 2023 and will feature a wide range of talks from a cross section of our Hydro-JULES Scientists.

There is no cost but registration is required


TUESDAY 17th January

  • 0900-0930 Controls of evaporation from above and below the surface (Eleanor Blyth, UK CEH)
  • 0930-1000 The importance of observations in understanding past, present and future hydrological variability (Jamie Hannaford, UK CEH)
  • 1000-1030 Q&A

WEDNESDAY 18th January

  • 0900-0930 Modelling groundwater at the British mainland scale - so far so good? A summary of the current progress and the challenges to come (Andrew Hughes, BGS)
  • 0930-1000 Groundwater interactions with the land surface fluxes. Introduction of a Dynamic GWater Scheme into the JULES LSM (Alberto Martínez de la Torre, UK CEH)
  • 1000-1030 Q&A

THURSDAY 19th January

  • 0900-0915 Combining JULES with observations to improve soil moisture estimates (Elizabeth Cooper, UK CEH)
  • 0915-0930 Soil moisture monitoring from space (Maliko Tanguy, UK CEH)
  • 0930-0945 Innovations in predicting inundation and flooding in the Hydro-JULES project (Toby Marthews, UK CEH)
  • 0945-1000 Data Assimilation for Hydrological Forecasting (Michael Eastman, UK CEH)
  • 1000-1030 Q&A