University of Calgary

GOPH 619 - Advanced Computational Methods for Geophysicists - Winter 2023

Review of important mathematical models in geophysics (Poisson equation, acoustic wave equation, elastic wave equation) and typical boundary conditions for elliptic and parabolic partial differential equations. Numerical solutions using finite difference, finite volume and finite element approaches. Algorithms for nonlinear constitutive behaviour and introduction to nonlinear optimization/inversion algorithms. Course includes an independent term project.
This course may not be repeated for credit.


  • H(3-3)


  • Admission to a graduate-level Geoscience program or consent of the Department.


  • Credit for Geophysics 619 and Geophysics 699.09 will not be allowed.


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