Meteorology, Oceanography and Climate Physics
Will the greenhouse effect cause stronger storms in the future? Will the Gulf Stream stop? How do you make weather forecasts? By studying meteorology, oceanography and climate you will learn how storms are created, how ocean currents are forced by winds, and how air pollution affects the climate. This is the basis for predicting weather and climate.
The earth is heated by the sun, more at the equator than at the poles. The heat is redistributed by winds and ocean currents until it disappears to space as heat radiation.
In meteorology, oceanography and climate we use mathematics, physics and chemistry to understand how all this works. With mathematics and physics, you can explain how winds and ocean currents are created, and how greenhouse gases affect the heat radiation. With chemistry you can explain how air pollution affects clouds and solar radiation.
Simulation models in super-computers encapsulate our knowledge of the atmosphere and the ocean. By combining them with observations from satellites, ships, balloons and ground stations one can predict both weather and climate. In this way it is now possible to make reliable forecasts of hurricanes up to a week in advance. This saves many lives. One can also make seasonal forecasts for the coming 3-9 months in many tropical regions, which is very valuable for agriculture and water management. But we still need to increase our knowledge of the atmosphere and ocean in order to improve the forecast models, and to predict how the climate will change in the future.
By studying meteorology, oceanography and climate you will learn how the most essential parts of the climate system work. In the bachelor’s programme in Meteorology, you will first study mathematics and physics for two years and then take courses about the atmosphere and climate in the third year.
In the master’s programme in Atmospheric Sciences, Oceanography and Climate you will study the various parts of the climate system in depth. You will also learn to programme and work with computer models for weather forecasts and climate studies.
Meteorologists, oceanographers and climate experts are needed in many places. After the BSc and further studies in our master’s programme you can work with weather forecasting or issues about the sea, the environment or the climate. Many work at SMHI, the air force or other government agencies, and with private employers such as insurance companies or energy companies.
Our master’s programme makes you well qualified for PhD studies in several subjects in the area of climate and environmental studies.
Courses and programmes
To obtain a bachelor degree in Meteorology you can follow the bachelor’s programme in Meteorology listed under Education.
To obtain a master degree in Atmospheric Sciences, Oceanography and Climate you can follow the master’s programme in Atmospheric Sciences, Oceanography and Climate.