Level of Study
Objectives and Content
The course aims to provide an understanding of the Earths climate, and the factors that cause it to change.
The course covers present day climate, as well as climate variations in the past, present, and future. It focuses on the physical principles governing the global energy budget, the role of the circulation of the atmosphere and oceans, and interactions between the different components of the climate system. The course investigates the physical mechanisms governing changes in climate related to land surface properties (ice, snow, vegetation, etc.), atmospheric composition (gas and particles), clouds and orbital parameters. It also introduces climate variability that results from interactions within the climate system (e.g., El Niño). In addition, the concepts of natural climate variability and anthropogenic climate change are discussed.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
-will know the central concepts in climate physics
- will know the main features of the atmospheric and ocean general circulation, and understand the energy transports associated with each
- will know the fundamental physical mechanisms for large scale climate variability and change
- will know the main feedback mechanisms in the climate system
- is able to compute and interpret global energy budgets
- is able to perform calculations of the climate sensitivity to external factors, such as from the sun, volcanoes and changes in greenhouse gasses
- is able to explain the nature of internal climate variability and anthropogenic climate change
- is able to explain key elements of global climate models and sources of uncertainty
- is able to analyze gridded global-scale climate data
- can explain the factors determining climate and its changes
- can use scientific programming software to perform computations on global data sets
- can prepare and give scientific presentations and discuss scientific results, following good scientific practice
- can discuss anthropogenic climate change, including the uncertainties in model based predictions of future climate
Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
Good knowledge in dynamics, meteorology and oceanography, in addition to basic knowledge in maths and physics, and programming skills
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Teaching and learning methods
2 lecture of 2 hours per week including exercises with Teaching Assistant
Problems will be solved with active involvement of students; Term project will be presented to the class, and
this will be followed by discussion. Students will be asked to evaluate each others projects. Lecturer and assistant will perform the final evaluation and grading.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Presentation of Term project and attendance at 70 percent of the exercises are compulsory. Exemption may be accepted based on application to the programme Board.
Forms of Assessment
The forms of assessment are:
- Presentation of Mid-term assignment; counts 20% of the final grade, valid for the semester it has been approved and the following semester
- Final exam, written, 4 hours; counts 80% of the final grade and must be passed
Examination Support Material
Non-programmable calculator, according to the faculty regulations.
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.
The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam. The exam location will be published 14 days prior to the exam. Candidates must check their room allocation on Studentweb 3 days prior to the exam.
Type of assessment: Written examination and presentation of mid-term assignment
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination system
- Digital exam
Exam part: Written examination