Applied Mathematical and Numerical Modelling

Course content

The course is based on hands-on exercises mostly taken from hydrology and hydrogeology. Thus, it tries to de-mystify the mathematical equations used to express physical and chemical processes used in these disciplines. Students learn to program their own models and apply these to solve real-world problems.


MSc Programme in Geology-Geoscience

Learning outcome

Functions, differentiation/integration, linear algebra, ordinary and partial differential equations, finite differences as they appear in geoscience. Learning how to program and develop scripts/solutions/models.

Translate geoscience problems into “mathematical problems”, find appropriate mathematical or numerical solution procedures for solving the problem, and develop programs/scripts that can solve real-world geoscience problems. Currently, Matlab is used and learning how to structure a script is part of the course. Write reports, where the mathematical/numerical methods are presented, tested/verified, and used to solve geoscience problems.

Perform quantitative analysis of geoscience problems.

The form of teaching is theory exercises combined with ad hoc lectures. For the teaching plan, please see Absalon.

Please see Absalon course page.

BSc in Geology-Geoscience or equivalent.

7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week.
All aids allowed
Marking scale
7-point grading scale
Censorship form
No external censorship
Several internal examiners.
Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcome.

Single subject courses (day)

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • Project work
  • 35
  • Preparation
  • 136
  • English
  • 206