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MVE346 - Environment and mathematical modelling  
Syllabus adopted 2015-02-11 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TKTEM
7,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Five, Four, Three, Not passed
Education cycle: Second-cycle
Major subject: Mathematics

Teaching language: Swedish
Block schedule: C

Course module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0115 Project 2,5 c Grading: UG   2,5 c    
0215 Examination 5,0 c Grading: TH   5,0 c   31 May 2016 am E_DATA   24 Aug 2016 am SB_DATA  

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Univ lektor  Ulrika Lundqvist


MVE345   Environment and mathematical modelling


Environment 7,5 hec

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In order to be eligible for a second cycle course the applicant needs to fulfil the general and specific entry requirements of the programme that owns the course. (If the second cycle course is owned by a first cycle programme, second cycle entry requirements apply.)
Exemption from the eligibility requirement: Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling these requirements.

Course specific prerequisites

The course MVE161


To give a general survey of sustainable development and to broadening and deepening the knowledge and ability to model complex phenomena primarily with relation to environmental applications.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

After the course the student should have acquired the ability to:
· explain the importance of sustainable development in its three dimensions: ecological, economic and social
· give an overview of human impact and effects on Earth's climate and ecosystems
· describe the challenges and strategies to reduce human impact on climate and ecosystems
· set up mathematical models of selected environmental problems, solving or simulating these models, and analyze the results and place them in the context of sustainable development
· explain what is meant with resilience in ecosystems and explain mathematical principles for local and global stability, and abrupt changes in the equilibrium of dynamical systems
· describe some key concepts, arguments and modeling techniques that are common in environmental modeling.


The course contains three parts:
 A. Introduction to sustainable development and an overview of the key environmental and resource problems
 B. Global climate change
 · Introduction to the science behind global climate change
 · Simple climate models
 · Possible solutions to the global problem of climate change
 C. Ecosystem Modeling
 · Population Dynamics
 · Modelling of ecosystems
 · Resilience, stability and abrupt changes in ecosystems


The course contains a number lectures and tutorials; a few of them in a computer lab.


Texts made available through the course webpage. Any additional reading material will be announced later.


Computer exam with both descriptive and computational tasks. Further, the student also need to present reports and/or give short oral presentations.

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