Numerical Modelling in 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 flow of water and transport of sediment in nearshore (coastal, estuarine and marine) environments. The course consists of three parts: 1) An introduction to the fundamentals of coastal and marine hydrodynamics and non-cohesive sediment transport, including time series analysis and modelling of nearshore processes using field data sets and MATLAB. 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. 3) Numerical modelling of coastal, estuarine og marine flows and ensuing sediment transport over larger areas, using the DHI-MIKE21 model complex. 


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, sediment dynamics and sediment transport in coastal, estuarine and marine environments, relationship between sediment transport gradients and morphological change.


  • use numerical modelling to simulate hydrodynamics and sediment transport using the DHI modelling tools LITTORAL PROCESSES FM and MIKE21 FM
  • 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 and MIKE21 FM
  • critical model evaluation
  • necessary basic skills to use other models within the DHI model complex 



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

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

Selected book chapters and scientific papers.

LPFM and MIKE21 documentation suite.

Please see absalon course page for details.

BSc in Geography and Geoinformatics or equivalent is recommended

The course is identical to the discontinued course NGEA09056U Numerical Modelling in Fluvial, Coastal, Estuarine and Marine Environments. Therefore you cannot register for NIGK21000U - Numerical Modelling in Coastal, Estuarine and Marine Environments, if you have already passed NGEA09056U Numerical Modelling in Fluvial, Coastal, Estuarine and Marine Environments.
If you are registered with examination attempts in NGEA09056U Numerical Modelling in Fluvial, Coastal, Estuarine and Marine Environments without having passed the course, you have to use your last examination attempts to pass the exam in NIGK21000U - Numerical Modelling in Coastal, Estuarine and Marine Environments. You have a total of three examination attempts.

Continuous feedback during the course
Feedback by final exam (In addition to the grade)
7,5 ECTS
Type of assessment
Written assignment, during course
Oral examination, 20 minutes
Type of assessment details
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


Course number
7,5 ECTS
Programme level
Full Degree Master

1 block

Block 3
The number of seats may be reduced in the late registration period
Study Board of Geosciences and Management
Contracting department
  • Department of Geoscience and Natural Resource Management
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator
  • Thorbjørn Joest Andersen   (3-796f66456e6c7333707a336970)

Troels Aagaard

Saved on the 01-02-2023

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