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Climate Model Simulations

The course introduces knowledge about climate models and how are they used to understand the climate change due to human activity and natural variation.

The students will learn the climate forcings under different climatic conditions, from past, present and future, as well as climate response to these forcings. The course includes practical exercise on spatial and temporal analysis of output from climate model simulations.

The course is part (elective course) of the Master's Programme in Polar Landscapes and Quaternary Climate but can also be read as a separate course.

Exempel på klimatmodellsimulering
Proxy data show that 6000 years before present day, Sahara was green, what was climate during “Green Sahara” period? We can do an experiment with climate model by replacing the Sahara dearest with a vegetated Sahara. The pictures above show that mot only Sahara would be warmer, but also the Arctic region became warmer (left picture)? Why? This is because warming of Sahara led to chang of temperature gradient between Arctic and lower latitudes, led to a positive NAO-like circulation pattern (right picture), thus bring more warm air from lower latitudes to high latitudes.
  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    Instruction consists of lectures, seminars and exercises.


    For details see syllabus.

    Plagiarism and regulations for disciplinary matters

    As a student you must be conscientious about clearly accounting for the material used in the texts that are submitted for examination. To use another person’s expressions or ideas without stating the source is plagiarism. To translate and/or change some words in someone else’s text and present it as your own is also a form of plagiarism. Plagiarism is considered cheating and if discovered in an exam or paper, the exam or paper will be failed immediately and disciplinary measures may be taken.

    Any student who is caught cheating or disrupting academic activities may be suspended from lectures and exams for a period of up to six months. The Vice Chancellor or the Disciplinary Council decide whether the student is to be subject to any disciplinary measures. 

    Read more about the rules and regulations here: Governing documents relating to education.


    Qiong Zhang

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Registration is normally done at the beginning of each semester. 

    Student office
    Kerstin Hörnby

    Study counsellor
    Maria Damberg

    Course responsible
    Qiong Zhang