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Course content

This course explores the complex and non-linear behavior of cryosphere systems. Model equations are derived from theory, principles of numerical methods are introduced and applied to a range of problems. These problems involve processes relevant for permafrost evolution and glacier dynamics and are solved using finite difference techniques.

Learning outcome

After taking this course you will have knowledge of:

  • derivation of model equations from theory
  • principles of numerical solution techniques
  • how these techniques are applied to solve the problems derived from theory
  • how different models can be coupled together
  • design of a simple modelling project in the subject field, derive and critically analyze the results
  • writing a project report in the subject area


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


Recommended previous knowledge

Basic knowledge in computer programming, and a good basics in the course theme:

Overlapping courses

5 credits overlap with GEO5440 - Cryosphere Modeling


This research-oriented course with extensive computer training is an intensive course over 2-3 weeks, with lectures, seminars, tutorials student projects, presentations and discussions.

Attendance of the complete course is mandatory.

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address:


  • Attendance of the complete course is mandatory to take exam.
  • Final project report counts for 50%.
  • Final oral examination counts for 50%.

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English.You may submit your response in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: GEO5440 - Cryosphere Modeling

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Spring 2018

Autumn 2017


Spring 2018

Autumn 2017

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