Polar Atmosphere 7.5 credits

Second cycle, F7014R
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 15 Jun 2017

Last revised
by Jonny Johansson, HUL SRT 21 Feb 2020

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

Entry requirements

Knowledge in atmospheric physics like F7004R Atmospheric Physics or equivalent Alternative: Knowledge in atmospheric physics, incl. dynamics och radiation

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim

The student shall acquire knowledge about the Earth polar atmosphere and its significance for solar-terrestrial interactions. The student shall be able to explain polar 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 timeframe. This is done via 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. Presentation skills for international scientific events are trained via mini conference. The student shall demonstrate social skills and be able to work effectively in a group during the seminars and practical.

The student shall have insight about polar atmosphere significance for sustainable development. This is done 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.


Atmosphere in Arctic and Antarctic regions.

Radiation in the polar region.

Dynamics in the polar region (winds, tides, waves)

Aeronomy. Formation of ions. Positive and negative ion chemistry. Oxonium clusters. Aerosols.

Ice clouds formation, development and role

Polar phenomena

Space weather effects in the middle and lower stratosphere, mesosphere.

Space weather effects on the thermosphere.

The course covers current research and development in polar atmosphere and space weather with a focus on sustainable development as well as concept like equality and gender mainstreaming.


Lectures, seminars, project work and home assignments 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

Literature. Valid from Spring 2018 Sp 3 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Book chapters, review articles

Murry L. Salby, Physics of the Atmosphere and Climate, Cambridge University Press, 2nd edition, 2012, ISBN 978-0-521-76718 Ch. 9, 14, 18

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Participation in the seminarsG U 3 4 54.50MandatoryA17
0002Project workU G#1.50MandatoryA17
0003AssignmentsU G#1.50MandatoryA17