FY3201 - Atmospheric Physics and Climate Change


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Written examination
Grade: Letters

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Written examination 100/100 4 hours C

Course content

Description: The following topics are discussed: Composition and structure of the atmosphere; thermodynamic processes and stability. Scattering, absorption and transmission of solar and thermal radiation; dependence on aerosols, clouds and other variable components; greenhouse and climate effects. Spectral measurements of atmospheric radiation; polarisation effects; monochromators, detectors and standards; general characterisation of spectroradiometers; measurement errors.

Learning outcome

After completion of the course the student shall be able to:

Apply fundamental physical principles to understand atmospheric and climate-change processes.

Identify and assess the fundamental numerical methods found in predictive models of weather and atmospheric climate change, including parameterization of small scale processes.

Become familiar with thermodynamic concepts for atmospheres with and without water vapour, and make use of thermodynamic diagrams for evaluation of stability and cloud formation from radiosonde soundings.

Understand the processes behind aerosols, clouds and precipitation, and how particles and clouds affect sunlight in the atmosphere.

Develop the radiative transfer equation in a plane-parallel atmosphere, accounting for absorption and emission of longwave radiation and the absorption and scattering of shortwave radiation in cloudy and cloud-free atmospheres.

Utilise radiative-transfer principles to understand satellite remote sensing measurements.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and exercises. Expected work load in the course is 225 hours.

Further on evaluation

Written final exam. When lectures and lecture material are in English, the exam may be given in English only. The re-sit examination (in August) may be changed from written to oral.

Course materials

To be announced at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
MNFFY321 7.5
FY8902 7.5 01.09.2010
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2021

No.of lecture hours: 3
Lab hours: 1
No.of specialization hours: 8

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Energy- and Environmental Physics
  • Physics
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Physics



Examination arrangement: Written examination

Term Status code Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Digital exam Room *
Spring ORD Written examination 100/100 C INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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