Geophysical Institute

Study programme at GFI

How can we make a weather forecast? Are extreme weather events a result of climate change? Can all ice on the earth melt, and what will happen in that case? How will global climate change impact the climate in Norway? Where does the Gulf Stream come from and how do ocean circulations work? How can we tell what the weather is going to be like by just looking at the clouds? Why is it warmer in Norway compared to other places at similar latitudes? If you have questions like these, or more, maybe you should consider taking a degree in Meteorology or Oceanography.

Meteorology comprises the study of weather systems, physical processes in the atmosphere, climate and climate changes. Oceanography studies different phenomena in the ocean and its circulation as well as the physical and chemical properties of sea water.

The physical laws are applied both in meteorology and oceanography. They are formulated in terms of mathematical equations, to describe different phenomena in nature. In order to better understand the climate system, the individual components of the climate system, such as the atmosphere, hydrosphere and kryosphere, have to be studied.