Postgraduate course

Tidal Dynamics

  • ECTS credits5
  • Teaching semester
  • Course codeGEOF331
  • Number of semesters
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Resources

Level of Study

Master's or Ph.D.

Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The module is aiming at providing an overview and deeper understanding of various aspects related to tidal theory. It covers development of the tidal force and potential in the equation of motion, harmonic development of the tidal potential, the principles of the equilibrium tidal theory and harmonic analysis. Moreover basic dynamics of the geophysical manifestation of the tidal phenomena will be discussed. The following topics are included: Tidal dynamics of the open ocean, tidal dynamics along coasts and Tidal dynamics in adjacent seas and narrow bights. As an integral part of the course, students will study and present individual research papers about selected aspects of modern tidal related research, topics covered are mixing processes in shelf seas and estuaries and global tidal energy dissipation.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the module the students should be able to:
- describe and discuss the basic principles of tidal forcing and tidal theory
- describe and discuss the development of the tidal potential into tidal constituents and discuss basisc characteristics of the tidal manifestation from the tidal potential
- describe the underlying principles of harmonic analysis
- apply equilibrium tidal theory to assess potential surface elevation changes due to tidal forcing
- describe and discuss the geophysical manfifestation of the tides in the open ocean and narow and wide open bights or adjacent seas
- describe and discuss the role of tides for mixing and energy dissipation in the open ocean and on the shelf
- interpret, discuss and present a given tidal related research topic

Required Previous Knowledge

Bachelor's degree in Meteorology and Oceanography, or equivalent.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

GEOF213 or equivalent.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Presentation of a research article

Forms of Assessment

Presentation of articles and participation in discussions, counts 25% of the final grade. This part is valid for two semesters: The semester mandatory activities have been approved and the following semester.
Final exam, oral, counts 75% of the final grade and must be passed. No auxiliary material allowed for the exam.

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.


Contact Information


Exam information

  • Type of assessment: Oral exam and presentation of articles

    Withdrawal deadline
    • Exam part: Oral exam