Climate dynamics

  • Years2 Years
  • ECTS credits120

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Objectives and content

The master's program in meteorology and oceanography with a spezialisation in climate dynamics gives the student a deep insight into the physical processes that control climate and climate variations on different time scales globally and regionally. The program also deepens the empirical data base for the physical processes that give rise to variations and change in climate on different time scales, and their representation in numerical models on a regional to global scale. This applies to both natural variations and man-made changes. The study also covers the use of advanced statistical and numerical methods, measurements, and theoretical analysis, as well as communication to a specialist audience. The master's thesis provides an advanced and deep understanding of a selected climate dynamic subject. The master's thesis is an independent research project, and a central part of the master's program, where the student, under guidance, contributes new knowledge.

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

  • can use the technical terminology of atmospheric and ocean dynamics, physics and thermodynamics and can demonstrate related advanced knowledge
  • knows and can current research on the physical climate system (earth/atmosphere/ocean) and understands the connections between the various parts of the climate system at an advanced level
  • knows the societal relevance and challenges within climate change and climate prediction
  • has advanced knowledge of mathematical, statistical, and numerical methods for analyzing geophysical data
  • is a ware of interdisciplinary problems with related disciplines, such as meteorology, oceanography, informatics, and geosciences, which produce variations in climate on different time scales


The candidate

  • can critically assess data quality and geophysical information sources, and works systematically with measurement errors and uncertainties
  • can use advanced mathematical and statistical methods for analysis and visualization of problems within climate dynamics, in particular using programming
  • can carry out an independent research project under guidance
  • can apply their knowledge to new scientific problems within climate dynamics and related subject areas
  • can critically assess and use data from Earth system models on different scales in time and space

General competence

The candidate

  • can formulate and discuss analytical strategies and carry out analyzes of complex problems
  • can work with climate dynamic problem individually and in groups
  • can analyze, interpret and discuss their own results in a scientifically sound and critical way
  • can present orally and in writing, and explain and discuss complex problems with colleagues
  • has knowledge of and respects scientific values such as openness, precision and responsibility, and knows the difference between scientific knowledge and opinion

Study Period Abroad

Study period abroad

Study periods at institutions abroad through the ERASMUS program are agreed with the supervisor and must be a part of the master¿s agreement. It is possible to write the thesis at UNIS.

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

Bachelor¿s program in Meteorology, Oceanography, Climate Physics or similar.

Bachelor's degrees in applied mathematics or physics may qualify, if they include at least 20 credits from atmosphere and ocean sciences, or theoretical and applied fluid mechanics. A bachelor's degree in physics with solid knowledge in fluid mechanics will also be considered.

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