Climate dynamics

  • Years2 Years
  • Study startAutumn.
  • ECTS credits120

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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:

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

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

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

The Master Programme in Meteorology and Oceanography with specialization in Climate Dynamics requires a bachelor degree with 110 ECTS specialization from the Bachelor degree in Climate, Atmosphere and Ocean Physics or the Bachelor degree in Meteorology and Oceanography, or equivalent.

 Bachelor degrees from the University of Bergen that qualify:

Bachelor degree in Climate, Atmosphere and Ocean Physics, Bachelor degree in Meteorology and Oceanography with the following courses or equivalent:

  • MAT112 Calculus II
  • MAT121 Linear Algebra
  • MAT131 Differential Equations
  • MAT212 Functions of Several Variables
  • GEOF105 Physics of the Atmosphere and Ocean
  • GEOF110 Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics
  • GEOF210 Data Analysis in Meteorology and Oceanography
  • GEOF212 Physical Climatology
  • PHYS111 Mechanics 1
  • PHYS113 Mechanics 2 and Thermodynamics, STAT110 Basic Course in Statistics or KJEM110 Chemistry and Energy
  • GEOF213 Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean

It is also recommended to take GEOF220 (Physical Meteorology) in the bachelor.

Other bachelor degrees that qualify:

Other bachelor degrees might qualify if the bachelor degree has a solid background in mathematics, statistics physics and informatics, and in addition continues courses equivalent to GEOF105 (Physics of the Atmosphere and Ocean), GEOF110 (Atmosphere, Ocean and Climate Dynamics), GEOF210 (Data Analysis in Meteorology and Oceanography), GEOF212 (Physical Climatology), and GEOF213 (Dynamics of the Atmosphere and Ocean), or equivalent. It is also recommended to take GEOF220 (Physical Meteorology) in the bachelor degree.

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