2019-2020 / OCEA0036-1

Structures and applications of marine hydrodynamic models


15h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in oceanography (120 ECTS)3 crédits 


Alexander Barth

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The course begins with an overview of the different approximations of the hydrodynamical equations which are at the heart of numerical ocean models. The range of applications and their limitations is discussed. The interactions between the ocean and atmosphere, rivers, sea bed and topography are presented and formalized by deriving appropriate boundary conditions. The choice of the vertical coordinate in an ocean model is an important aspect and the different options are discussed. The complex coastline and bottom topography of the ocean often require a careful design of the horizontal grid of the ocean model. Different time stepping approaches in ocean models are introduced to account for the broad range of resolved processes with different time scales. An overview of different discretization schemes is also given.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The aim of this course is to give an overview of different ocean models and to understand to which problems the ocean models can be applied. The course should also give the necessary basis to correctly implement an ocean model.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Physical oceanography
Programming skills in Julia, Matlab/Octave, Python or similar programming languages

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The practical work is integrated into the oral theory class.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Ten 3-hour courses

Recommended or required readings

Course notes are available at http://modb.oce.ulg.ac.be/mediawiki/index.php/Structure_and_application_of_numerical_ocean_models

Assessment methods and criteria

Written work on a proposed subject.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks


Alexander Barth (a.barth@ulg.ac.be)

Items online

Course web page
Written notes and animations are available at this web page.