2023-2024 / SPAT0025-1

Climate and environmental modelling


30h Th, 15h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in geography, global change (120 ECTS)4 crédits 
 Master in space sciences (120 ECTS)4 crédits 


Louis François, Guy Munhoven


Guy Munhoven

Language(s) of instruction

English language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the second semester


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

This course provides a general introduction to computer modelling of environmental physical, chemical and biological processes.
The theoretical lectures cover the following themes 1. Biogeochemical cycles; 2. Box models; 3. Modelling of oceanic processe: carbon cycle, marine sediments, etc. 4. Modelling of continental processes: hydrology, photosynthesis and vegetation, soil and water-rock interactions; 5. Climate modelling: energy balance models, Earth system models of intermediate Complexity (EMICs), general circulation models (GCMs)
The tutorials will help students to master the concepts and techniques of modelling.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

The aim of this course is to allow students to master the modelling of physical chemical and biological processes in the environment. It is in particularly devoted to the modelling of climate and biogeochemical cycles, on the basis of e few simple examples.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Basic knowledge of numerical analysis and programming.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Each student will carry out a modelling project that requires the development or the use of a (simple) computer model. This work will be related to one aspect or another of subjects addressed in the lectures.

Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Face-to-face course

Recommended or required readings

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

oral exam

Written work / report

Additional information:

Oral examination (on the lectures) + personal work (synthetic report of modelling project - tutorials).

Work placement(s)

This course does not require any internship time.

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course

Lectures are given during the spring term on Wednesdays from 09:00 to 13:00.


Louis François, Professor,
Institute of Astrophysics et and Geophysics (B5c build.),
Phone: (+32) (4) 366-9776
e-mail: Louis.Francois@uliege.be

Guy Munhoven, Research Associate F.R.S-FNRS,
Laboratory of Planetary and Atmospheric Physics,
Institute of Astrophysics et and Geophysics (B5c build.),
Phone: (+32) (4) 366-9771
e-mail: Guy.Munhoven@uliege.be
Web: http://www.astro.uliege.be/~munhoven

Association of one or more MOOCs

There is no MOOC associated with this course.

Items online

Lecture slides (Guy Munhoven)
This web page provides the slides for the lectures given by Guy Munhoven.
The documents are freely accessible.

Lecture slides (Louis François)
This web page provides the slides for the lectures given by Louis François.
Please contact one of the lecturers for informations about how to get access to the content of the page.