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Climate dynamics

  • Years2 years
  • Study startAutumn.
  • ECTS credits120

Introduction

Objectives and content

The Master's Programme in Meteorology and Oceanography with study specialization in Climate Dynamics builds on knowledge about the physical processes of the climate system that govern climate and climate variations in different time scales globally and regionally.

The program provides a broad foundation and a thorough understanding of current issues in the field. The study is based on understanding the physical processes that control climate, especially the atmospheric and oceanic impact on regional and global scales. The program provides a broad introduction to the marine and atmospheric physics (meteorology and oceanography) and the mathematical methods used (numerical modelling and statistics). The program provides deep knowledge of the theoretical foundation and the empirical basis of the physical processes that determine the climate mean state and variations thereof. Effects of both natural and anthropogenic factors are studied.

Those graduating will have broad theoretical knowledge about the climate system. The mathematical calculations and statistical analysis used in the study can, in general, be applied to other complex geophysical problems.

Programme profile

The Master's programme in Meteorology and Oceanography at University of Bergen is unique, because you will be introduced to both meteorology and oceanography, irrespective of which of the four directions you choose.

What you Learn

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the programme the candidate should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:

Knowledge

The candidate

- shows advanced knowledge in ocean and atmosphere thermodynamics

- has advanced knowledge in atmosphere and ocean dynamics

- shows in depth knowledge of the interactions between the different parts of the climate system (atmosphere/earth/ocean) and understands, at an advanced level, interactions between the different parts

- understands the theoretical basis for the physical processes leading to variations in climate on different timescales

- has in depth knowledge of the role of ocean currents and atmospheric circulation in shaping the climate

- has good knowledge of the use of mathematical numerical models used to calculate climate variations and changes in climate

- shows good knowledge in the use of statistical time-space methods in analysis of geophysical data

Skills

The candidate

- understands and knows the scientific terminology of climate and climate research

- is familiar with mathematical methods used to analyze large geophysical data in time and space

- is able to critically judge data quality and information sources used in geophysics

- has the ability to formulate analysis strategies and conduct the analysis

- can analyse, interpret and discuss own results in a scientifically sound and critical way, and in light of data and theories within his/her own field

- can analyse geophysical problems and is able to do calculations by using the experience gathered from hydrodynamics, classical mechanics, thermodynamics, numerical methods, and data analysis on other types of problems

General competence

The candidate

- is able to plan and carry out and present an independent, limited research project under supervision, but with a large degree of independence and own initiative, and in coherence with good ethical conduct

- can conduct systematic search for relevant scientific information through libraries, scientific journals and databases and critically judge the information

- is able to work individually and in team to solve a complex problem

- can analyse and reflect upon relevant ethical problems related to the research

- demonstrate understanding for the divide between knowledge and opinions

- can present research results as academic text, as public reports and as oral presentations

Structure

Programme structure

A master's programme in meteorology and oceanography consists of an individual research project (master's thesis) of 60 ECTS credits, and courses or special topics of 60 ECTS credits. Some of the courses are compulsory within the specialisations. You will choose the other courses in agreement with the academic supervisor.

Master's Programme in Meteorology and Oceanography (krav 120 SP)
Spesialization
When applying for admission to the Master's program, you apply directly to a programme
Marine biogeochemistry (krav 60 SP)
Compulsory subject (krav 25 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
GEOF310Turbulence in the Atmospheric and Ocean Boundary Layer101–41
GEOF336Advanced Chemical Oceanography101–42
GEOF347Seminar on "Earth system science for sustainability studies"51–41
Optional subject (krav 35 SP)
You should choose subjects in consultation with your academic supervisor.
Elective course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
GEOF211Numerical Modelling101–4
GEOF337Physical Oceanography in Fjords101–4
GEOF338Polar Oceanography101–4
GEOV331Palaeoceanography51–4
VIT212Major Issues in Research and Society: Climate: What Do We Know? What Should We Do?51–4
Climate (krav 60 SP)
Compulsory subject (krav 20 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
GEOF339Advanced Ocean Dynamics51–41
GEOF348Advanced Climate Dynamics101–42
GEOF352Advanced Atmospheric Dynamics51–41
Optional subject (krav 40 SP)
You should choose subjects in consultation with your academic supervisor.
Elective course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
GEOF211Numerical Modelling101–4
GEOF220Physical Meteorology101–4
GEOF321Models and Methods in Numerical Weather and Climate Prediction101–4
GEOF327Atmospheric general circulation101–4
GEOF328Mesoscale Dynamics101–4
GEOF334Microwave Satellite Remote Sensing51–4
GEOF345Satellite Remote Sensing in Meteorology and Oceanography101–4
GEOF346Tidal dynamics and sea level variations101–4
GEOF347Seminar on "Earth system science for sustainability studies"51–4
GEOF351Seminar in Atmospheric Sciences51–4
MAT253Fluid mechanics101–4
VIT212Major Issues in Research and Society: Climate: What Do We Know? What Should We Do?51–4
Master thesis in Geophysics (krav 60 SP)
Mandatory course
Course codeCourse titleSPSR
GEOF399Master's Thesis in Meteorology and Oceanography603
SP = ECTS credits, S = Semester, R = Recommended semester

Study Period Abroad

Study period abroad

You can plan study periods abroad in consultation with your supervisor as a part of the master agreement.

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

Application procedure:

For more information about the application procedure please see:
http://www.uib.no/en/education/48766/how-apply-masters-degree

Admission Requirements for specialization in Climate Dynamics

Bachelor in meteorology and oceanography, Bachelor's degree in Climate, Atmosphere and Ocean Physics, physics, mathematics, statistics, informatics or equivalent, including courses equivalent to GEOF105, GEOF110, GEOF210 and GEOF212. In addition at least one of the courses GEOF213, or GEOF220 (both at best) or equivalent has to be passed in order to qualify for admission to the study specialization in climate dynamics.

To qualify for admission to the master's programme the average grade for the specialization in the bachelor's degree should be at least C in the Norwegian grading system. For the Master's Programme in Meteorology and Oceanography the admission is based on the specialization part of the Bachelor's Programme in Meteorology and Oceanography (or Bachelor's Programme in Climate, Atmosphere and Ocean Physics) included the specialization for the different specializations or equivalent.

If there is shortage of seats, the applicants will become ranked for admission. At the last admission all qualified applicants were admitted

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