FY8902 - Atmospheric Physics and Climate Change


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment
Grade: Passed/Failed

Evaluation form Weighting Duration Examination aids Grade deviation
Assignment 20/100
Written examination 80/100 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. Apply the modelling and radiative transfer principles to the remote sensing of planetary atmospheres.

Learning methods and activities

Lectures and project. The project is compulsory and counts 20% to the final result. The project can be experimental or theoretical. An oral presentation is given at the end to the class. When lectures and lecture material are in English, the exam may be given in English only. A re-sit exam in August may be changed from written to oral.

Compulsory assignments

  • Project

Further on evaluation

The final grade is based on portfolio assessment. The portfolio includes written exam and report. The evaluation of the different parts is given in %-points, while the entire portfolio is given passed or not passed. For a re-take of an examination, all assessments in the portfolio must be re-taken.

Specific conditions

Exam registration requires that class registration is approved in the same semester. Compulsory activities from previous semester may be approved by the department.

Course materials

To be announced at the beginning of the semester.

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
FY3201 7.5 2010-09-01


Detailed timetable


Examination arrangement: Portfolio assessment

Term Statuskode Evaluation form Weighting Examination aids Date Time Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 20/100
Spring ORD Assignment 20/100
Autumn ORD Written examination 80/100 C 2017-11-29 09:00
Spring ORD Written examination 80/100 C 2018-06-04 09:00
  • * The location (room) for a written examination is published 3 days before examination date.
If more than one room is listed, you will find your room at Studentweb.