Numerical Methods for Earthquake and Tsunami Simulation - Summer 14

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Summer 2014
Prof. Dr. Michael Bader, Alexander Breuer, Oliver Meister
Time and Place
Wed, 13.00-15.00 (5 sessions, see below) in room MI 01.06.011
Computational Science and Engineering (Seminar, module IN2183),
Informatics (Master-Seminar, module IN2107)
Semesterwochenstunden / ECTS Credits
2 SWS (2S) / 4 Credits


In this seminar we address numerical methods for hyperbolic partial differential equations. We discuss important examples of governing equations, with a special focus on the elastic wave equations (earthquakes) and shallow water equations (tsunamis). In this context challenges typical for hyperbolic PDEs are tackled: Non-linearities, Riemann solvers, dimensional splitting, high-order discretization, time stepping schemes, etc. Besides numerical theory a strong focus of the seminar is given by application and implementation of the learned concepts: all participants should demonstrate their presented methods and concepts via a small project, which requires extensive use of the learned theory.


  • The seminar will be presented in an introductory session on Monday, Jan 27, 16.00-17.00, in room MI 02.07.023; Slides
  • Participation in this session is mandatory for guaranteed participation
  • Kick-Off session: 09.04.2014

General remarks about schedule and organization: Remarks


Topic Lecturer Presentation date Advisor
Linear Systems and elastic waves Alexander Breuer 28.05.14 -
Non-Linear Eqs. E. Drossos 28.05.14 Alexander Breuer
Godunov/Roe solver D. D'Angella 04.06.14 Oliver Meister
F-Wave Solver P. Gómez 04.06.14 Alexander Breuer
2D/3D Equations M. Carminati 11.06.14 Oliver Meister
Local Time Stepping X. Xue 18.06.14 Alexander Breuer
DG Applications A. Saleem 18.06.14 Oliver Meister

All presentations will be in seminar room MI 01.06.011.



Propagation of the Tohoku 2011 tsunami using 16 MPI ranks.

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Earthquake simulation of the L'Aquila event (in collaboration with S. Wenk, LMU).