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Atmospheric Physics 7.5 credits

Second cycle, F7004R
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Space and Atmospeheric Science
Subject group (SCB)
Space Technology
Main field of study
Space Technology

Entry requirements

General entry requirements, second cycle: Bachelor´s degree (equivalent to a Swedish Kandidatexamen) from the internationally recognized university.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

The student shall acquire knowledge about the Earth atmosphere particularly about its physical and chemical aspects. The student shall be able to explain atmospheric phenomena and processes, qualitative and quantitative describe them, as well as to evaluate their significance from the general point of view.

The student shall show capability to critically and independently formulate the problems as well as perform calculations for the physical processes within the given time frame. This is done by   problem solving and work during the seminars. The student shall be able to motivate, plan and perform scientific experiments during the practical work. The student shall be able to critically select and evaluate relevant scientific and technical information within the subject via the literature survey. Ability and skills to present own results and arguments during international events are evaluated via presentation given in English. The student shall demonstrate social skills and be able to effectively work in a group during the seminars.

The student shall have insight about atmosphere significance for live existence on Earth and human responsibility for that. This is shown via evaluation of the relevant technological and ethic aspects with a focus on sustainable development and the Swedish national equality goals.

Work during the seminars shall support the student in identification of further knowledge needs and taking responsibility for own knowledge progress.


Earth atmosphere in respect to the atmospheres on other planets. Atmospheric composition and structure. Thermodynamic processes.  Radiation processes. Greenhouse effect. Earth´s  global circulation. Dynamical processes, winds and waves in the atmosphere. Chemical processes and pollution effects. Climate change. Introduction to atmospheric measurement techniques.

The course covers current research and development in atmospheric physics with a focus on sustainable development as well as concept like equality and gender mainstreaming.


Lectures, seminars, project work and practical classes that give correct interpretation of the physical phenomena as well as training in experimental techniques, report writing in English and oral presentation in English.

Examination is done via participation in the seminars with continuous follow-up, assignments and project work. In order to pass the course it is required that all compulsory moments are completed satisfactory. The final grade given for the course reflects the results obtained during the course compulsory moments.

Victoria Barabash

Transition terms
The course F7004R is equal to RYM013

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2015 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Wallace, John M., Hobbs Peter V., Atmospheric Science, An Introductory Survey, 2nd edition, ELSEVIER, 2006, ISBN 13:978-0-12-732951-2, ISBN 10:0-12-732951-X.

Murry L. Salby, Physics of the Atmosphere and Climate, Cambridge University Press,2nd edition, 2012, ISBN 978-0-521-76718

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0003Project workU G#1.50MandatoryA07
0004Participation in the seminarsG U 3 4 54.50MandatoryA10
0005AssignmentsU G#1.50MandatoryA16

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 Dept of Space Science 28 Feb 2007

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 21 Feb 2020