The Advanced Raven Course is back for 2024! This course is a two-day virtual course will start with a refresher on basics and move onto more advanced topics. The course will be instructed by:

  • Robert Chlumsky, MASc., P.Eng., President at Heron Hydrologic
  • Dr. James R Craig, PhD, P.Eng.
  • Dr. Bryan Tolson, PhD

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • understand Raven model inputs, and build a set of Raven input files from scratch;
  • quickly develop a model structure and parameter files using R and RavenR;
  • use BasinMaker to develop watershed delineations and model input files for Raven;
  • understand gridded data (e.g., from CaSPAr) and provide Raven with gridded inputs and forcings;
  • configure the latest reservoir tools in Raven;
  • use Ostrich to perform more advanced calibration, including calibrating to reservoir stage and applying custom diagnostics in calibration; and
  • use Magpie to facilitate more efficient development of Raven models.

The itinerary for the course is available in draft form – Advanced Course Itinerary

Due to the advanced nature of this course, it is highly recommended that participants have at least an introductory knowledge of these topics. It is recommended that participants have taken one of either the Raven Training or the Principles of Hydrologic Modelling courses in order to make the most of the advanced course.


The course will take place online via Zoom on February 22nd and February 23rd, 2024 from 9am to 4:30pm Eastern time. Recordings of each day will be made available to all registrants following the course delivery.

An optional drop-in session will also be offered during the prior week and February 21st to help ensure that participants are able to install the required programs for the course. Information on installation and required programs will be provided well in advance of the course to all participants. Participants are ultimately responsible for ensuring that they are able to install the necessary software to participate in the course. Note that we will make use of Google Colab in the course to alleviate many issues with software installations, but can support individuals with installing software locally as part of course support.


Registration for the course is now open! Course price is $1200 CAD + tax. If you have any questions about your existing registration, or wish to inquire about discounts for graduate students or group discounts for an organization, please Contact Us directly.

The last date to register for this course will be February 16th, 2024. This is set to ensure all participants have sufficient time to review the provided Raven refresher materials and software installation guide prior to the course to ensure a smooth course experience.

Registration is now closed! Please contact us if you are interested in this offering or future courses.

Note that no refunds will be provided after the early bird deadline of Dec 22, 2023. However, we can work with individuals to ensure that they are able to complete course materials and have questions answered as part of their course registration. We can also work to process any requests to transfer registrations to another individual.