Climate Physics 7.5 Credits

Second cycle, F7011R
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2017 Sp 3 - Present
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Syllabus established
by The syllabus was accepted by the Department of Space Science 01 Mar 2010

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 15 Jun 2016

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Space Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Space Technology

Entry requirements

Basic knowledge in mathematics like M0029M, M0030M, M0031M och M0032M and physics like F0004T, F0005T, F0006T and F0007T or equivalent. Courses in Continium mechanics F0030T, Mechanics II F0008T and Atmospheric physics F7004R or equivalent.

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

Many space borne instruments are used to observe the Earth’s atmosphere and the climate system. After the course the student should understand the basic physical principles driving the Earth’s climate. The student should be able to describe how different components of the climate system react on changes and how the climate system reacts on changes in these components. After the course the students should know how climate processes can be described how they can be used in climate models.

The student shall be able to describe and analyse different climate parameters, their variability and sensitivity. He/She should be able to handle climate data, visualize them and apply different methods for analysis.

The students shall be able to discuss parameters and data related to climate processes considering correlations between various parameters. They should be able to present analysis and results within the frame of the given exercises.


Components of the climate system, radiation balance, atmospheric dynamics and thermodynamics, energetics, Exchange processes, climate variability, modeling the climate system, climate observation, climate change.


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. Depending on the circumstances, a different realization of the course can be required. Guest teachers from research groups. Upcoming public discussions and new findings and observations are discussed. 


The course grade will be determined by a written or an oral exam at the end of the course. Additionally the student’s home work assignments and the written and oral presentation of their course project will be evaluated. There can be alternativ examination methods, if appropriate. The final grade considers all parts of the examination and will be decided when all obligatory elements are fullfilled.

Mathias Milz

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2015 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Principles of planetary climate, Pierrehumbert

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

0004Project work2.0U G#
0005Home assignments1.5U G#
0006Written or oral exam4.0G U 3 4 5

Study guidance
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