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Autumn/Winter 2024

The GWAVA model (Global Water Availability Assessment)


  • Interactive online course
  • A bespoke course at your location
  • Wallingford

UKCEH, Maclean Building, Crowmarsh Gifford Wallingford, Oxfordshire, OX10 8BB, UK
Wallingford location and accommodation guide (update Sep 2022)


Students £ 399 
Professionals £ 449

The above prices are the early bird discount price, thereafter,  £70 more. 


Spring 2024
The course runs over five half days or 2.5 days.

Please express your interest for the next course here, so we can fix a course date! 

Short course description:

UKCEH's GWAVA (Global Water Availability Assessment) model provides integrated analysis of water supply and demand at national to continental scales. GWAVA can be configured with both locally sourced data and global databases, making it ideal for application in data-sparse regions. Tailored scenarios can be modelled to give projections of future changes to water availability, along with consequential impacts.
This interactive course will teach you the knowledge and skills you need to develop a large-scale hydrological model using a combination of presentations and practical exercises.

Learning outcome:

By the end of the course, you will have the knowledge and skills to apply the GWAVA model to a river catchment of your choosing.

Course objectives:

  1. Concepts of hydrological modelling
  2. The GWAVA water resources model
  3. Model input and data preparation
  4. Model application, calibrating and running the GWAVA water resources model
  5. Analysing and displaying model output
  6. Further model application

Target audience: 

  • National hydrological and meteorological services and agencies in data sparse regions
  • Charities working in the development sector
  • Consultants
  • PhD and academics preparing to work on drought in a ‘developing country’ context


Previous knowledge of modelling concepts and handling data (excel, GIS) would be an advantage/ beneficial.
You need to have an understanding of water resources and basic hydrological modelling to benefit from this course.



Hardware and software requirements: 

UKCEH will provide you with a copy of the GWAVA model. You will need to install the GWAVA model on your computer. We will give you detailed instructions how to do this.


The cost of accommodation is not included in the course fee. Should it be an in-person training based in Wallingford, you may find our  Wallingford location and accommodation guide (update Sep 2022) useful to give you an indication of accommodation cost.

Course Leader: 

Virginie Keller, Environmental Modeller

 Course material developed by: 

Previous course participants said: 

The course had 90% positive feedback rate when it run as a bespoke course under the SUNRISE project in February 2021.

“The breakout sessions were really helpful” (course participant, Feb 2021)

“Hands on practices were very useful for better understanding and implementation.” (course participant, Feb 2021)

More Information:

More information about the GWAVA model