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GEF4620 – Numerical solutions of oceanographic problems

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Course content

Finite difference approximations, numerical methods for solving partial differential equations, numerical stability, and numerical treatment of open boundaries. Emphasis is on applications to oceanic flows.

Learning outcome

Based on knowledge in fluid mechanics the students shall be able to obtain numerical solutions of the equations for particular types of motion in the ocean.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge

Calculus, GEF2600 – Dynamical oceanography 1 (discontinued)

Overlapping courses

7 credits overlap with GEF4510 – Atmosphere and Oceans on Computers: Fundamentals (discontinued)

10 cp against GF 364


2 hours of lectures per week. Submission of 6 obligatory exercises. Each exercise must be delivered within two weeks.


Final oral examination. Assessment of assignments.

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Facts about this course




Last given autumn 2007. Most of the contents carried through in GEF4510.


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