Training Schools

Training Schools
The Training Schools will be complemented by activities organised by the COST Academy, which target young researchers from ITCs.

OFF-SOURCE will organise high-level Training Schools on state-of-the-art tools:

  1. Marine geophysics (acquisition, processing, and interpretation of reflection seismics and electromagnetics; multi-physics approaches)
  2. Numerical modelling (groundwater flow, solute transport, heat transport, finite element modelling, stratigraphic and geostatistical modelling)
  3. Borehole sampling and logging (packer and pumping tests, dipole aquifer testing, dilution tests, distributed sensing) and geochemical analyses (sampling, measurement and interpretation of chemical tracers)

The Training Schools will be complemented by activities organised by the COST Academy, which target young researchers from ITCs. All these activities will provide PhD students, YRIs, practitioners and managers with a unique opportunity to access cutting-edge analytical methods and knowledge in a rapidly expanding research field, and to obtain a new set of scientific and analytical skills that will enrich their research potential and facilitate their participation in new collaborative research projects.

These training opportunities will also enable stakeholders to acquire new, specific, science-based knowledge that can be applied to practical management issues in various contexts, to extend their professional skills and capabilities, and to obtain international visibility at the European level.

Training School – Numerical modelling and characterization of OFG systems


Dates: June 7 th – 9 th 2023
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Location: Utrecht University – Vening Meinesz building A,  Princetonlaan 8a, 3584 CB Utrecht, The Netherlands

Instructors: Shubhangi Gupta, Ariel Thomas, Daniel Zamrsky


Over the last few years there has been a notable increase in research activities related to OFG systems, which has led to the development of a number of multi-physics analysis and interpretation approaches. Integrating and standardising these methods is key to developing a common conceptual framework for characterising OFG systems. This 3-day training school aims to provide high quality and interdisciplinary training in OFG investigation and research management for PhD students, Young Researchers and Innovators (YRIs) and practitioners. Participants will be given an overview of the state-of-the-art in OFG systems research and specific challenges to characterization. The primary technical focus will be the integrated numerical modelling of OFG systems over geological time scales to assess their evolution and better understand present-day distributions. The course will also introduce the fundamental principles of modelling, geostatistical methods for reservoir characterization and groundwater modelling including variable density transport. The format will be highly interactive, with real data demonstrations usings tools such as Petrel, Geomodeller, Jupyter Labs, FloPy and imod-WQ. Knowledge of these tools would be advantageous but not mandatory. Participants will also be given the opportunity to work together with trainers to apply these methods in their own OFG projects.

The main objectives are summarised as follows:

  • Bring all participants to a common understanding of the fundamentals of OFG systems
  • Introduce the governing physical principles
  • Define the key metrics for OFG characterization
  • A practical introduction to state-of-the-art tools for OFG system characterization including for geostatistical methods and groundwater modelling.
  • Develop a network of leading experts in OFG research

Course Outline

Day 1
Session 1: Overview of OFG Characterisation
Session 2: Fundamentals of modelling

Day 2
Session 1: Geostatistical methods using Petrel
Session 2: Building large scale groundwater models (I)

Day 3
Session 1: Building large scale groundwater models (II)
Session 2: Interpretation/Live data workshop

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