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Study programmes 2013-2014Last update : 19/04/2014
MECA0055-6  Numerical methods applied to the environment

Duration :  10h Th, 10h Pr
Number of credits :  
Master in Bio-informatics and Modelling, Research focus, 2nd year2
Lecturer :  Jean-Marie Beckers
Language(s) of instruction :  
French language
Organisation and examination :  
Teaching in the second semester
Course contents :  
History of modelling, basic concepts of mathematical models, first discretisation of oceanographic processes, Coriolis force, diffusion.
Concept of staggered grids, gravity waves, surface pressure equations. Resolution of poisson equations. Mode-splittings, nesting, curvilinear grids, data assimilation, adaptive grids.
Learning outcomes of the course :  
The aim of the lecture is to allow a student to develop a numerical discretisation tool adapted to his problem of environmental modelling. At the end of the lecture the student should be able to develop a new model and be conscious on its limitations
Prerequisites and co-requisites/ Recommended optional programme components :  
Basic numerical analysis

If necessary, the following concepts will be recalled:
conservation properties, finite volumes, truncation, stiffness, convergence, stability, dispersion, propagation properties.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods :  
Development of a simulation tool for a particular process and analysis of its performance. (ex. modelling free surface oscillations in a lake)
Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning) :  
Two hours per week combining theory and discussions on the projects. If possible, Wednesdays 16:00-18:00 first quadrimester
Recommended or required readings :  
Lecture notes are available in .pdf format as well as copies of the slides.
Assessment methods and criteria :  
Written exam (40%) : report and presentation of the project
Oral exam (60%): question drawn from a list
Work placement(s) :  
Organizational remarks :  
Contacts :  
Jean-Marie Beckers (

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