Modeling water flow and contaminant transport in soils and groundwater using the HYDRUS software packages

Hosted by the Integrated GroundWater Modeling Center, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, Colorado

Short course instructor:  Dr. Jirka Simunek, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of California Riverside, CA, USA

Course Scope: The course begins with a detailed conceptual and mathematical description of water flow and solute transport processes in the vadose zone, followed by a brief overview of the use of finite element techniques for solving the governing flow and transport equations. Special attention is given to the highly nonlinear nature of the governing flow equation. Alternative methods for describing and modeling the hydraulic functions of unsaturated porous media are also described. Hands-on computer sessions will provide participants an opportunity to become familiar with the Windows-based HYDRUS-1D and HYDRUS (2D/3D) software packages. Emphasis will be on the preparation of input data for a variety of applications, including flow and transport in a vadose zone, subsurface drip irrigation, flow and transport to a tile drain, and two-dimensional leachate migration from a landfill through the unsaturated zone into groundwater. Calibration will be discussed and demonstrated by means of a one-dimensional inverse problem. 

**Course attendees will use on-campus computers with HYDRUS software installed, so a laptop is not necessary for the course**

Enrollment and Registration: The fee for the short course is $1195 by 12pm Mountain Daylight Time, April 15, 2019 ($1395 after April 15). Graduate students can request a 30% discount from the full fee. The fee covers instruction, course notes, refreshments, and continuing education units. Lodging and meals are not covered. Payment in full must be received prior to the beginning of the course. A maximum of 20 applicants will be able to attend the course due to space limitations. 

If cancellation is made before April 15, 2019, tuition will be refunded minus a $100 deposit. Cancellations made after that date will forfeit a $150 processing fee in addition to the $100 deposit. In case of cancellation, the right to course material is forfeited. Substitutions are permitted at any time prior to the start of the course. Please be advised that if the program is cancelled due to insufficient enrollment, Colorado School of Mines will return all course fees, but will not be liable for any other expenses incurred by the prospective attendees.

Register Here:

Please note: Registration for the HYDRUS short course is through the MODFLOW and More 2019 portal. To register for ONLY the HYDRUS short course–On the main page click on the blue “register” button–Select the blue “continue” button–Complete registrant information; under Fees and Options select “Register for short courses only (no conference attendance)”; then select “HYDRUS” or “HYDRUS Student Rate” and click the blue “Add” button. This will take you to the payment page. Credit card is preferred. Please note that payment in full must be received prior to the course for registration to be complete. Also, if you select the student rate your status will be confirmed prior to the course. 

For more information, contact:

Integrated GroundWater Modeling Center ( or Prof. Jirka Simunek (



Proceeding every short course, each attendee has the opportunity to submit a short course evaluation. Here are a few reviews the IGWMC received from the 2018 short course in Golden, CO.

“Hands-on examples with an expert with the software is great, Jirka is a great teacher!”–2018 attendee

“Can’t think of any weaknesses in the program. Rock on.”–2018 attendee

“This course saved me so much time by learning the structure and governing equations from an expert, which is a rarity.”–2018 attendee

“Running the model with a variety of case scenarios was very helpful!”–2018 attendee

“Having the developer of the model teaching the course adds a lot by taking the deep dive into how the model process works.”–2018 attendee


Lodging: Please be advised that June in Golden is high tourist season. We recommend booking your lodging as early as possible!

Table Mountain Inn–

The Dove Inn–

Pansy’s Parlor–

The Golden Hotel–

Campus Location and Parking: The short course will be held in Berthoud Hall, room 201 (1516 Illinois St, Golden, CO 80401) on the Colorado School of Mines Campus, which is located in picturesque Golden, Colorado. Golden is located 15 miles west of downtown Denver, at the foot of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Visitors to campus during operational hours — Monday through Friday 7:00am to 5:00pm –should park in the General (blue) and Commuter (yellow) lots. All visitor parking areas have a pay and display parking meter. Please visit the pay stations to receive a parking permit. Pay station meter rates for General (blue) parking are $1.50 per hour or $8.00 daily rates; rates for Commuter (yellow) lots are $1.00 per hour or $5.00 daily. Metered parking permits must be displayed on your dashboard. Click for a printable visitor parking map. You’ll find parking maps at each of the parking meters that can also help guide you around campus. For more information, visit the Mines Parking Services page. **Please note that some street parking requires a City of Golden parking permit; please observe all signs. 

Climate: Golden, Colorado, the location of the Colorado School of Mines, is situated at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. The elevation of the campus is approximately 5,800 feet (1,768 meters) above sea level. Weather in Golden is generally seasonal, with cold temperatures in winter (December through February), hot temperatures in summer (June through August), and variable temperatures in spring and fall. However, due to the proximity of the Rocky Mountains and the city’s altitude, temperatures can vary widely from the norm on a day-to-day basis. Please use your preferred weather app to check on conditions before and during your trip to be prepared. Visitors unaccustomed to the combination of Golden’s altitude and generally dry climate are encouraged to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and to be cautious if engaging in rigorous exercise. 

Transportation: Denver is serviced by Denver International Airport, located at 8500 Pena Blvd., Denver, CO 80249. Lyft or Uber from the airport to Golden costs $50-$70, and will usually get you to a hotel in under an hour if you don’t arrive during rush hour. They are readily available and typically arrive in 5-10 minutes of making the request. There is a light rail that will take you to the Jefferson County Government Center in Golden, a short bus ride from downtown Golden. Take the A line to Union Station, W line to Jefferson County Government Center-Golden Station, Flex-Ride bus to downtown Golden.