Numerical Modelling in Fluvial, Coastal, Estuarine and Marine Environments

Course content

Using practical PC-based exercises, this course aims to provide students with a theoretical and practical knowledge on detailed hydrodynamic and geomorphic processes related to the transport of sediment in fluvial and coastal environments. The course consists of two main parts: 1) Time series analysis and modelling of fluvial, estuarine and coastal processes using field data sets. 2) Calculation and numerical modeling of wave-driven flows, sediment transport, shoreline erosion and cross-shore profile development in coastal environments, using the DHI-LITTORAL PROCESSES FM model complex. Simple wave transformation will be modelled using MATLAB algorithms.


MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics
MSc Programme in Geography and Geoinformatics with a minor subject
MSc Programme in Geology-Geoscience

Learning outcome


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


  • use numerical modelling to simulate hydrodynamics and sediment transport using the DHI modelling tool LITTORAL PROCESSES FM
  • delimit, prepare and accomplish solutions of fluvial and deltaic problem complexes using MATLAB
  • 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 LITTORAL PROCESSES FM
  • critical model evaluation
  • necessary basic skills to use other models within the DHI model complex such as MIKE21


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

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

Please see Absalon course page.

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent is recommended

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, during course
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 also includes the titles listed in the officially approved reading list. The duration of the examination is 20 minutes. A combined grade is given after the oral exam.
Without aids
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
  • Preparation
  • 171
  • Theory exercises
  • 35
  • English
  • 206