Introduction to the atmosphere, ocean and climate
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Objectives and Content
The course gives an introduction to the fundamentals in meteorology, physical oceanography and climatology with emphasis on a qualitative explanation of the physical processes.
The course covers the physical and chemical characteristics of the atmosphere and the ocean, and how the atmosphere and ocean interact. The forces that drive the circulation of the ocean and atmosphere will be presented and an overview of global weather patterns and the large scale ocean circulation will be given. The students will be introduced to the most important energy forms in the atmosphere-ocean system and how energy is transported in and between the atmosphere and in the oceans. Important physical processes as for example cloud formation and precipitation, tidal motion and wave phenomena will be discussed. The variation and change in climate at different time scales will be presented. In exercises, emphasis will be on a practical introduction to geophysical data analysis using a modern programming language. No prior knowledge in programming is necessary.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
- understands basic terminology and expressions
- has basic knowledge of the chemical and physical composition of the atmosphere and the ocean
- has basic knowledge of energy sources and transport of energy in and between the atmosphere,ocean and ice.
- has knowledge of the hydrological cycle and phase changes of the water in the ocean and the atmosphere
- is familiar with tides in the ocean and wave phenomena on various temporal and spatial scales
- understands the fundamentals of the circulation in the atmosphere and ocean.
- is familiar with the dominant weather systems and ocean currents on Earth
- has an overview of natural climate variations and human induced climate change
- is familiar with different types of ocean and air pollution
- can use basic terminology and expressions
- can locate, evaluate and present scientific information
- can convey the fundamentals in meteorology and physical oceanography
- can present scientific information in writing and orally to highlight a certain topic
- can make numerical programs for simple geophysical calculations and visualization of geophysical data
- has gained insight into the subject and its relevance to society
- has the capacity for reflection and critical thinking about academic questions
- is able to plan and carry out scientific information gathering
Level of Study
Semester of Instruction
Autumn Enrolment to this course is based on application. Application deadline is Thursday in week 33 for the autumn semester. Please see this page for more information: www.uib.no/en/matnat/53431/admission-courses-limited-capacity
Mandatory attendance at first lecture.
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Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
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Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Forms of Assessment
The semester thesis counts 30% of the final grade and has to be passed. The thesis is valid in the semester it has been approved and the following semester.
Final exam is written, 5 hours. The final exam counts 70 % of the final grade.