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Course module: NS-MO501M
Simulation of ocean, atmosphere and climate
Course infoSchedule
Course codeNS-MO501M
ECTS Credits7.5
Category / LevelM (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byFaculty of Science; Graduate School of Natural Sciences;
Contact persondr. A.J. van Delden
dr. W.J. van de Berg
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dr. A.J. van Delden
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dr. A.J. van Delden
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Teaching period
SEM1  (05/09/2016 to 03/02/2017)
Teaching period in which the course begins
Time slot-: Not in use
Study mode
RemarkThis course will start on september1st
Enrolment periodfrom 30/05/2016 up to and including 26/06/2016
Course application processOsiris
Enrolling through OSIRISYes
Enrolment open to students taking subsidiary coursesYes
Post-registration openfrom 22/08/2016 up to and including 23/08/2016
Waiting listNo
Due to the complexity of the climate system, numerical modeling is a key component of climate research. In this course students gain practical experience with numerical models that are used to study different components of the climate system and in weather forecasting. Basic numerical issues are covered in introductory lectures. Other topics are model hierarchy, parametrisation, data assimilation, model-initialisation and model-validation. At the end of the first week students choose a modeling project associated with one of the research lines of the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU). This means that there are projects on Oceanography of Coastal Zones, Ocean and Climate, Ice and Climate, Dynamical Meteorology and Atmospheric Chemistry. The project covers 75% of the work load and is supervised by a staff member of IMAU. The course graded on the basis of hand-in exercises (25%) and a small research project, which is concluded with an oral presentation and a written report.

1. Numerical models of ocean, atmosphere and ice caps and their numerical aspects, specifically, numerical solution methods (accuracy and stability), parametrisations, model-initialisation and model-validation.
2. Basic programming, debugging and testing in Python, or any other appropriate programming language
3. Setting up a numerical model on a climate-related process, or adaptation of an existing model.
4. Design, performance and analysis of numerical simulations to answer a research question.
5. Presentation of the results of a simulation project in an oral presentation and in a written report.

This course will start on september 1st in BBG 079, see Blackboard for further details
Entry requirements
You must meet the following requirements
  • Assigned study entrance permit for the master
Prerequisite knowledge
Knowledge of geophysical fluid dynamics (or dynamical meteorology or dynamical oceanography) and some programming experience will be of great help.
Required materials
Lecture notes, slides and other documentation will be made available electronically.
Recommended materials
Thomas Stocker, 2011: Introduction to Climate Modelling. Springer. 179 pp. (especially chapter 3). This book is available as e-book from the University Library.
Instructional formats

Class session preparation
Plan and obligations: see Blackboard


Final result
Test weight100
Minimum grade5.5

Weights: 25% exercises; 35% oral presentation; 40% written report. Attendance required in the first week (exemptions are possible; please contact A.J. van Delden,

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