Undergraduate course

Practical Meteorology and Oceanography

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codeGEOF232
  • Number of semesters1
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Semester of Instruction


Objectives and Content

The course provides a practical introduction to measuring physical properties of the atmosphere and ocean, such as winds, currents, temperatures, precipitation, density and salinity. The purpose is to become familiar with the current standard instrumentation, error sources, data handling, quality control, interpretation, and with ongoing developments in observation methods and operational observing systems. The students work in small groups which focus on a specific set of instrumentation or data. All students focus on data acquisition during a common observation period.. Data are obtained from deploying instrumentation in the field, during a cruise, or from existing networks or remote-sensing instrumentation, depending on the interest of the students. In a final meeting the student groups present their work to each other and discuss the interrelation of processes in the ocean-atmosphere system, and place the measurements in context.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the course GEOF232 the student will be able to:
- understand the measurement principles of standard atmospheric and oceanographic instrumentation
- describe the error sources of such measurements
- display different measurements correctly and informatively
- analyse data with respect to diurnal and longer-term variability
- understand the limitations of present operational observing systems and their development
- discuss the measurements in relation to processes in the coupled ocean-atmosphere system

Required Previous Knowledge

GEOF105 or equivalent, that is basic background in Meteorology, Oceanography and Dynamics.

Recommended Previous Knowledge

GEOF210 or equivalent

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Regular attendance to lectures. Participation in field work and visits to observing centers and instrument developers. Regular attendance to group meetings. Presentation in final meeting. Contribution to written report. (Valid only in the semester the mandatory activities have been approved.)

Forms of Assessment

Evaluation of writtenfinal report, including oral presentation.

Grading Scale

Pass/non pass

Assessment Semester

Spring, only in semesters when the course is taugth.


Contact Information

Student Adviser at Geophysical Institute: studierettleiar@gfi.uib.no