Numerical Methods for Earthquake and Tsunami Simulation - Summer 15

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Summer 2015
Prof. Dr. Michael Bader, Alexander Breuer, Oliver Meister
Time and Place
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.


  • preliminary session: 01/22/15, 2PM, 02.13.010
  • kick-off: 04/15/15, 1PM
  • big meetings, Wednesday 1PM
    • 05/13/15
    • 05/20/15
    • 06/10/15
    • 06/17/15
    • 06/24/15

General remarks about schedule and organization: Remarks


Topic Lecturer Presentation date Advisor
Linear Systems and elastic waves I. Shurmin 13.05.15 Alexander Breuer
Non-Linear Eqs. T. Neuhauser 13.05.15 Oliver Meister
Godunov/Roe solver - 20.05.15 Oliver Meister
Source Terms/Well Balanced F. Menhorn 10.06.15 Alexander Breuer
2D/3D Equations L. Cheung 10.06.15 Oliver Meister
Inundation S. Joshi 10.06.15 Oliver Meister
Local Time Stepping J. Rodrigues 17.06.15 Oliver Meister
DG Num. Background S.-Y. Huang 17.06.15 Alexander Breuer
Backup date 24.06.15



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).