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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

Numerical Modelling in Fluvial, Coastal, Estuarine and Marine Environment

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 3
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Troels Aagaard (3-776464436c6a71316e7831676e)
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Course number: NGEA09056U

Course content

Using practical PC-based exercises, this course aims to provide students with a theoretical knowledge on detailed hydrodynamic and geomorphic processes related to the transport of sediment in fluvial, estuarine and coastal environments. The course consists of two main parts: 1) Calculation and numerical modelling of water flow, sediment transport and morphological change in fluvial and estuarine environments using the DHI-MIKE 11 model complex; 2) Calculation and numerical modeling of hydrodynamics, non-cohesive sediment transport, shoreline erosion and cross-shore profile development in wave-dominated coastal environments, using the DHI-LITPACK model complex.

Learning outcome


Waves and currents in coastal environments, wave theories, currents and discharge in rivers and estuaries, sediment dynamics and sediment transport in coastal, fluvial and estuarine environments, relationship between sediment transport gradients and morphological change.


  • use numerical modelling to simulate hydrodynamics and sediment transport using the DHI modelling tools MIKE11 and LITPACK.
  • delimit, prepare and accomplish solutions of fluvial and tidal problem complexes using MIKE11
  • account for the principles behind nearshore wave transformation and ability to calculate those transformations using MATLAB
  • account for nearshore processes derived from wave transformations
  • delimit, prepare and accomplish solutions of coastal and marine problem complexes using LITPACK
  • critical model evaluation
  • necessary basic skills to use other models within the DHI model complex such as MIKE FLOOD and MIKE21


Analyse, assess and apply results, methods, theory and data in connection with numerical modelling in the fluvial, coastal, estuarine and marine environment

Recommended prerequisites

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent

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Study Board of Geosciences and Management

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

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


25 students (1 class of 25).




Please see Absalon course page.


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


Type of assessment

Written assignment
Oral examination, 20 minutes
The written assignment is prepared during the course and must be handed in prior to the exam week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list. A combined grade is given after the oral exam.


Without aids

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

Please see learning outcomes.

Censorship form

No external censorship
Several internal examiners


Resubmission of written assignment, 20 minutes oral examination. The written assignment must be handed in prior to the re-examination week. The oral exam uses the written assignment as its point of departure. It includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list.

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