Flow Forecasting Simulation using PDM

JBA Catchment Hydrology and Modelling training course

This one-day course covers the theory and application of the Probability Distributed Moisture rainfall-runoff model (PDM) and concentrates on applications in real time flood forecasting. Lessons and exercises are based on the theory of the PDM as published by its original authors at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH). The course includes hands-on use of a version of the PDM model developed by JBA. The course material is therefore applicable to the PDM as deployed within the Environment Agency’s National Flood Forecasting System (NFFS).

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By the end of this course you will have gained expertise in the calibration of the PDM with an emphasis on real time flow forecasting applications, backed up by theoretical understanding of the model structure and parameters.

This course is aimed at:

  • Flood forecasting specialists
  • Hydrologists
  • Engineers

If you have an interest in continuous rainfall-runoff modelling. The course is technically rigorous, although it is not necessary to have prior experience with the PDM.


Paul is Head of Real Time Modelling and specialises in flood forecasting modelling, catchment simulation, flood warning and software development. Paul oversees all our forecasting related work and continually develops our understanding and capability in this important area. He manages our  Newcastle office which is our centre for excellence in the field of real time modelling and also co-delivers the Forecasting and Extreme Events Module of the PgCert for Lancaster University.

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If you would like to discuss our training please contact Felicity Clarke.

Email Felicity Clarke
+44 (0)1756 799919