Postgraduate course

Numerical Modelling

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeGEOF211
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

Description of numerical methods that are used to solve the partial differential equations of dynamical meteorology and oceanography. The methods are applied to simple problems. A numerical model will be presented.

Learning Outcomes

When you have taken this course you should be able to

- explain how a numerical model is built up and how numerical schemes and grids influence the behaviour of the model

- analyze the various sources of error that may turn up in the model

- discuss the limitations of the model

- use numerical models as a tool to solve dynamical problems in meteorology or oceanography

- get experience from using programming tools (Matlab or Fortran) to make numerical calculations.

The course is oriented towards practical training where the students solve five tasks by programming, and thereafter discuss the results. The work with the tasks has to be approved before the exam.

Required Previous Knowledge

Knowledge of meteorology and/or oceanography equivalent to GEOF110.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

Knowledge of programming.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Five approved assignments.

(Valid for four semesters: The semester mandatory activities have been approved and the three following semesters.)

Forms of Assessment

Written, 4 hours. Grades in letters (A-F). If less than 10 candidates, the exam might be oral. Examination support materials: Non- programmable calculator, Casio FX-82ES PLUS eller Casio FX-82EX

Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Exam information