HWM-33806 Water and Air Flow Numerical Techniques

Vak code vorig jaar: (SLM-33806)


Studiepunten 6.00

Course coordinator(s)MSc PhD LA Melsen
Lecturer(s)ing. G Bier
MSc PhD LA Melsen
dr. ir. CC van Heerwaarden
Examiner(s)MSc PhD LA Melsen
prof. dr. ir. R Uijlenhoet
dr. ir. CC van Heerwaarden
ing. G Bier

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

MAQ-22806 Atmosphere-Vegetation-Soil Interactions.

Continuation courses:

SLM-33306 Advanced Hydrological Systems Analysis; MAQ-31806 Atmospheric Modeling.


This course introduces the numerical techniques that are essential in the numerical modeling of stationary and dynamical flow problems in hydrology and meteorology. First, students will study the special class of differential equations that describe flow problems and learn the concepts behind the modeling of the equations. Emphasis will be on the key concepts of states, storage, and vector fields. Students will learn how to define appropriate boundary conditions. Second, students will learn the numerical techniques available to solve flow equations, such as finite differences, finite volumes, and finite elements, and will construct their own simplified flow models based on these techniques. Third, students will learn how to identify and estimate uncertainty and how to use advanced techniques to reduce this.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- explain the concepts and basics of numerical simulation models consisting of differential equations. These concepts include formulations for state variables, rate variables and driving variables. Important subjects are feedback mechanisms, time coefficients, analysis of units, and techniques to solve matrix equations;
- describe and apply numerical techniques that can be applied to solve spatial flow problems;
- develop, test and analyze numerical models for simplified systems;
- critically analyze and appraise results from numerical models;
- apply methods to identify and estimate uncertainty in initial conditions, boundary conditions, and parameters.


- classroom lectures;
- tutorials;
- practical training.


Written closed book open questions exam.


Reader and course outline available. See the courses Blackboard.

Verplicht voor: MEEEarth and EnvironmentMScA: Hydrology and Water Resources3WD
Keuze voor: MEEEarth and EnvironmentMScB: Meteorology and Air Quality3WD
MCLClimate StudiesMScA: The Physical Climate System3WD