GEO9440 – Cryospheric Modelling
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
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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 have knowledge of
- 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
- design of a simple modelling project in the subject field, deriving and critically analyzing the results
- writing a project report in the subject area
Admission to the course
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 basis in the course theme:
- 5 credits overlap with GEO5440 – 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.
Mandatory attendance all days.
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 Students who fail to meet are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (firstname.lastname@example.org).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.
- Complete attendance all days is mandatory in order to qualify for the examination.
- Final project report counts 50% towards the final grade.
- Final oral examination counts 50 towards the final grade.
- Both the project report and the final oral examination have to be passed separately in order to pass the course.
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 1 of the 3 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 pass/fail scale. 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.