#1 H&H Essentials: Meteorology and Precipitation

Australian Water School Increase your knowledge of interpolation and extrapolation techniques for applying rainfall gauge data

Target Audience

The course is designed to cater for engineers and non-engineers alike, with a range of provided background materials that make the course suitable for both beginners and experienced professionals seeking a refresher for the underlying concepts behind hydrologic and hydraulic modelling applications.


Hydrologic and hydraulic modelling software packages are becoming increasingly powerful, with impressive abilities to run countless iterations and display realistic flood inundation scenarios; however, a basic understanding of the underlying concepts is key in correctly interpreting, applying and presenting results. Working in collaboration with industry and academic experts the Australian Water School (AWS) has created the Hydrology and Hydraulics (H&H) Essentials training series, comprised of 8 individual intensive 3-hour courses with each course flowing into the next enabling attendees to build their skills piece by piece through every course. This course is part of the H&H Essentials series (click here to register for the ENTIRE series).

In this 3-hour intensive training course our experts will guide attendees through the importance of compiling, interpreting, and analysing precipitation input for use in hydrologic and hydraulic models. Throughout the course attendees will be shown practical working examples, learning hands-on how to use and apply different rainfall related design inputs, leading to an increased understanding of confidence limits, probability, and uncertainty in the analysis and application of precipitation data.

Take sessions anytime, at your own pace, with unlimited course access for 4 months. Attendees earn CPD hours/points with professional organisations for at least 5 hours per course (therefore 40+ hours for the series).

Key Concepts/Topics

  • Source data for daily and sub-daily precipitation data
  • Temporal and spatial rainfall patterns
  • Cyclones, thunderstorms, and other storm types
  • Intensity-Frequency-Duration data and cumulative rainfall diagrams
  • Applying point data across catchments/watersheds
  • Long-term synthetic records
  • Frequent, infrequent, and rare design rainfalls
  • Differences between historical and synthetic design rainfall
  • Climate change and probably maximum precipitation

Learning Objectives

In this 3-hour intensive training course, attendees will increase their knowledge of interpolation and extrapolation techniques for applying gauge data to rainfall-runoff modelling and learn:

  • How to access precipitation data
  • How to select temporal and spatial patterns
  • How to apply precipitation data in hydrological and hydraulic modelling