2D morphological modelling

This five-day, hands-on course will teach you the theoretical and practical aspects of cohesive and non-cohesive sediment transport modelling in rivers and reservoirs. We can adapt the course to your individual requests.

MIKE 21 Curvilinear (MIKE 21C) consists of a curvilinear hydrodynamics module (CHD) and a sediment transport model (CST). A curvilinear grid generator is also available for preparation of the curvilinear grids for the simulations.

MIKE 21C is one of the best established tools for simulating the development of the riverbed and channel plan form. Simulated processes include helical flow, sediment transport with inclusion of helical flow and bed slope for the bed-load and helical flow and adaptation for the suspended load via an advection-dispersion equation, as well as morphological updating including substrate. A separate module handles bank erosion with the possible inclusion of grid updating to account for bank line changes.


  • Grid generation
  • Hydrodynamics
  • Helical flow
  • Non-cohesive and cohesive sediment transport
  • Morphological calculations
  • Substrate modelling
  • Alluvial resistance and bed forms
  • Calibration of sediment models
  • Modelling graded sediments
  • Hands-on exercises


Professionals who wish to enhance their skills to include cohesive and noncohesive sediment transport modelling of rivers and reservoirs. Participants are expected to have experience in 2D modelling either through experience or through participation in the MIKE 21 courses 'MIKE 21 Flow Model HD - 2D hydrodynamic modelling using 'classic' grid' or 'MIKE 21 Flow Model HD FM - 2D hydrodynamic modelling using flexible mesh'.