Fish habitat modeling: MesoHABSIM tool and CFD based fish habitat models. Theory and hands-on.

Fish Habitat Modeling: Mesoscale and microscale modeling of habitat conditions using the MesoHABSIM tool and CFD based fish habitat models. Theory and hands-on. July 01-05, 2019 Obernach, Germany


Piotr Parasiewicz, Peter Rutschmann 

Technical University of Munich, in collaboration with the Rushing Rivers Institute, USA and S. Sakowicz Inland Fisheries Institute in Poland, are pleased to announce a short course on fish habitat modelling.

Course Content:

This course will feature numerical CFD based fish habitat modelling and the MesoHABSIM technique, a comprehensive planning tool used for river scale, quantitative planning and evaluation of river restoration measures and environmental flows determination.

The numerical CFD approach computes the flow properties and the hydro-morphological changes with hydrodyamic models and evaluates flow and substrate suitability as a habitat for fish at microhabitat scale. MesoHABSIIM is a physical habitat simulation model that directly describes the instream habitat conditions for aquatic fauna at meso-scale. It strength is to simulate changes of habitat quality and quantity for fish communities in response to spatio-temporal alterations of river morphology or flows.

The results from the purely numerical and the physically based approach are then compared. The course will be valuable for those interested in habitat modeling, restoration planning, e-flows and looking for alternative solutions to tough ecological questions.

Course Structure:

Section 1 (01-02 July 2019): Two days of numerical CFD habitat modelling theory and hands-on on the computer.

Section 2 (03-05 July 2019): MesoHABSIM in classroom and field, followed by practical MesoHABSIM software use. The last day covers a comparison of both methodologies and discussions.

Course information and registration:

The participants can register for each of the sections or for both. Details, cost and online registration at:

Attendance is limited. Please register before June 1st, 2019 here:

Course Venue:

Hydraulic engineering Laboratory (TU-München)

Obernach 15

82432 Walchensee 

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