GEO5440 – Cryospheric Modelling
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
This course explores the complex and non-linear behaviour 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.
After taking this course you will be familiar with:
- derivation of model equations from the 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
- 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.
Recommended previous knowledge
- 5 credits overlap with GEO9440 – Cryospheric Modelling.
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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 the exam.
- Final project presentation counts for 50%.
- Final oral examination counts for 50%.
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.
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.