Study Programmes 2016-2017
WARNING : 2015-2016 version of the course specifications
Introduction to modeling in geomorphology
Duration :
20h Th, 20h Pr
Number of credits :
Master in geography : general (120 ECTS)4
Lecturer :
Aurelia Hubert
Language(s) of instruction :
French language
Organisation and examination :
Teaching in the first semester, review in January
Units courses prerequisite and corequisite :
Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program
Course contents :
The course aims at providing an introduction to modeling and to the various approaches that can be adopted in modeling in this field of application. It starts with a general introduction on the variety of the existing models (spatial and nonspatial, static or dynamic, physical or statistical modeling, experimental and numerical). It then includes an example of experimental analogue modeling seeking to better constrain the interaction between Tectonics, Erosion and Sedimentation in foreland belt; an example of numerical modeling of elastic strain in the continental crust using Coulomb stress; quantitative modeling of the fluvial system; modeling using the diffusion equation and the advection-wave equation; the principles and limits of the different flow routine; the landscape evolution models.
Learning outcomes of the course :
The course aims at sensitizing to the modeling tools in geomorphology, enlightening its successes, its benefits and weaknesses and its accessibility even for a student without a deep specialized training in Mathematics and Computer Sciences.
The practical exercises are needed for the students to get practical training in modeling with Matlab, Excell and other software.
Prerequisite knowledge and skills :
Good training in Earth sciences, physics, mathematics, statistics and spatial analysis.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :
Different learning activities are planned:
-Lectures to give a basic knowledge in modelling
-Practical exercises
-Visit of the ArGenCo laboratory showing physical models of dams.
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :
The lectures last 2-3 hours and practical exercises 2-3 hours
Recommended or required readings :
Ø PowerPoint Files of the lectures are available.
Ø Reference Books and papers:
o Pelletier J., Quantitative Modeling of Earth Surface Processes
o Graveleau F., Interactions Tectonique, Erosion, Sédimentation dans les avant pays de chaînes : Modélisation analogique et étude des piémonts de l'est du Tian Shan (Asie centrale), Thèse de doctorat de l'Université de Montpellier II
o King J., 2007, Fault Interaction, Earthquake Stress Changes, and the Evolution of Seismicity
o Codilean A.T., Bishop P. and Hoey T.B., Surface process models and the links between tectonics and topography, Progress in Physical Geography 30, 3 (2006) pp. 307-333
o Willgoose G., 2005, Mathematical modelling of whole landscape évolution, Annu. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci. 33:443-59
o Pazzaglia F.J., 2003, Landscape evolution models, Development in quaternary science, vol. 1, DOI:10.1016/S1571-0866(03)01012-1
o Kirkby M.J., 1996, A Role for Theoretical Models in Geomorphology? , The Scientific Nature of Geomorphology, Proceedings of the 27th Binghamton Symposium in Geomorphology held 27-29 September 1996. Edited by Bruce L. Rhoads and Colin E. Thorn, J. Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Assessment methods and criteria :
Assessment is based on the practical exercises that the students do.
Work placement(s) :
Organizational remarks :
Contacts :
Aurélia Hubert-Ferrari

tél. 04/366 93 95

email :