NERC Numerical Earth Science Modelling
Short Course

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A postgraduate course aimed at introducing numerical techniques for solving ordinary and partial differential equations with a range of applications from NERC disciplines.

NNESMO 2019 will run from Monday 7th to Friday 11th January 2019.

Unfortunately, the course is now full and we cannot take any more registrations. We apologize for this, and hope to run the course again in future years.


The 2019 course will be fully funded by NERC, including accommodation and all meals. Travel to/from Durham is funded for those travelling from the UK (reimbursement is only up to maximum of 2nd-class advanced rail ticket price, and receipts must be kept.)

Further information will be available nearer to the start of the course.

Contact Information

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About the Course

This fully funded course is aimed at early career researchers in Earth Sciences and all related areas.


A basic knowledge of MATLAB is recommended before the start of this course.

Vectors and Arrays

Loops and Conditions

Using sub-functions

Basic data plotting

Pre-course material can be provided for applicants prior to the course.

Course Content:

Construction of conceptual models

Governing equations

1D & 2D spatial discretisation

Time integration concept

Method of Lines (MOL) and application of ODE solvers.

Nonlinear PDE's and application of High Resolution schemes


Applications include:

Heat diffusion

Radioactive decay

Wave propagation

Two-phase flow in porous media

River profile evolution

Landscape evolution

Ocean dynamics

Groundwater flow