701-1338-00L  Biogeochemical Modelling of Sediments, Lakes and Oceans

Semester Spring Semester 2015
Lecturers M. Schmid, A. Brand, M. Vogt
Periodicity yearly course
Language of instruction English
Comment Number of participants limited to 18.

Abstract Numerical models are useful tools for evaluating processes in complex systems, interpreting observational data, and predicting the reaction of a system beyond the range of observations. In this course, the students acquire the skills to implement basic numerical models for the simulation of biogeochemistry in aquatic systems using Matlab. The focus of the course is on practical applications.
Objective The aim of this course is to encourage and enable students to develop and apply basic numerical models for their own applications.
Content Formulation of transport and reaction equations describing aquatic systems
Numerical recipes (discretization in time and space, finite differences, finite volumes, boundary conditions)
Implementation of simple models in Matlab (box models, 1D-models, with applications from sediments, lakes, and oceans)
Techniques for applied modelling (sensitivity analysis, parameter estimation)
Applications of modelling in current research (examples from scientific literature)
Modelling techniques will be practised in exercises.
During the course, the students are expected to develop and implement a model for their own application in groups of two. Towards the end of the course, the students will make short presentations of their project work.
Lecture notes Presentation slides, exercises, and some background material will be provided.
Literature E Holzbecher, 2012, Environmental Modeling Using MATLAB, 2nd edition, Springer
DM Glover, WJ Jenkins, SC Doney, 2011. Modeling Methods for Marine Science, Cambridge University Press
K Soetaert, PMJ Herman, 2009. A Practical Guide to Ecological Modelling, Springer
Prerequisites / Notice The following courses or equivalent knowledge are required:
Mathematik II: Analysis II und Systemanalyse I (401-0242-00L, spring semester, German)
Mathematik III: Systemanalyse II (401-0253-00L, autumn semester, German)

Basic programming knowledge in Matlab is required, e.g. the following course:
Anwendungsnahes Programmieren mit MATLAB (252-0840-01L, spring semester, German)

The following course is useful but not required:
Modellierung aquatischer Ökosysteme (701-0426-00L, spring semester, German)

The students are expected to work with their own Laptop where Matlab should be installed (available for free from Stud-IDES).

The number of participants is limited to 18. Selection of the students: order of registration.