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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 be familiar with:

  • 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
  • basic design of a simple modelling project in the subject field, derive and critically analyze the results,

Admission to the course

In order to take the course on master`s level you have to be enrolled in one of these programmes:

Formal prerequisite knowledge

Basic computer programming; MAT-IN1105 – Programming, Modelling and Computations / MAT-INF1100 – Modelling and computations / GEO-KJM1040 – Introduction to programming with applications in geosciences and in chemistry (discontinued) / INF1000 – Introduction to object-oriented programming (continued) / IN1000 – Introduction to Object-oriented Programming or equivalent courses.

Overlapping courses


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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (

We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.


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

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:

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Jan. 22, 2020 9:17:00 PM

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Autumn 2020

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