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Atmospheric dynamics and climate 7.5 credits

Atmosfärsdynamik och klimat
Second cycle, F7002E
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2021 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Space Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Space Technology
Main field of study
Space Technology

Entry requirements

Basic knowledge in mathematics equivalent to 22.5 credits, for example, three of Differential Calculus M0047M, Linear Algebra and Calculus M0048M, Linear Algebra and Differential Equations M0049M, Multivariable analysis M0055M. Basic physics corresponding to 22.5 credits, for example, three of the F0004T Physics 1, Physics 2 F0005T, 3 F0006T Physics, Electromagnetic Field Theory F0007T. Atmospheric Physics F7004R and F0030T Continuum Mechanics II or F0008T. Good knowledge in English equivalent to English 6.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

.Knowledge and understanding

After the course, students should be able to show deep understanding how the basic physical principles drive dynamic and thermodynamic processes in the atmosphere. The student should be able to show understanding of how these processes are related to the climate.

Competence and Skills

The student should be able to discuss how different components of the dynamic system react to changes and how they are related to each other.
The student should be able to describe how dynamic processes can be described in different coordinate systems and show an understanding of how they can be used in weather and climate models. 
The student should be be able to operate a simple climate model and analyse and discuss the simulation results.
Students should be able to describe and analyze different parameters in the climate system, their variation and sensitivity. He / she should be able to handle climate data, visualize them and apply different methods of analysis.

evaluation ability and approach

Students should be able to discuss parameters and data concerning dynamic and thermodynamic processes, climate processes and the correlation between different parameters. They must be able to present their analyzes and results within the framework of the given tasks 


Equations driving the climate system, radiation balance, atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, energetics, and exchange processes. Climate variability, modeling of the climate system, the observation of the climate, climate change.

Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The course consists of classical lectures, combined with homework problems for the students. In parallel the students will work with a climate model and do their own climate sensitivity project. Upcoming public discussions and new findings and observations are discussed.

If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The course grade will be determined by a the student’s home work assignments and the written and oral presentation of their course project. The final grade considers all parts of the examination and will be decided when all obligatory elements are fullfilled.

Transition terms
This course replaces F7011R (Physics of Climate)

Mathias Milz

Transition terms
The course F7002E is equal to F7011R

Literature. Valid from Spring 2018 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)

Course offered by
Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0006Assignment reportG U 3 4 55.00MandatoryA21
0007Project workG U 3 4 52.50MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 15 Feb 2017

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 16 Feb 2021