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Atmosphere, Biogeosphere and Climate Change

A fundamental understanding of our environment and climate requires an intimate understanding of large-scale natural element cycles, human activity and its effect on the environment, and the way that these anthropogenic effects, in turn, impact how nature works.

Information for admitted students Autumn 2023

Congratulations! You have been admitted at Stockholm University and we hope that you will enjoy your studies with us.

In order to ensure that your studies begin as smoothly as possible we have compiled a short checklist for the beginning of the semester.

Follow the instructions on whether you have to reply to your offer or not.


Checklist for admitted students

  1. Activate your university account

    The first step in being able to register and gain access to all the university's IT services.

  2. Register at your department

    Registration can be done in different ways. Read the instructions from your department below.

  3. Read all the information on this page

    Here you will find what you need to know before your course or programme starts.


Your seat may be withdrawn if you do not register according to the instructions provided by your department.

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Stockholm University organises a series of welcome activities that stretch over a few weeks at the beginning of each semester. The programme is voluntary (attendance is optional) and includes Arrival Service at the airport and an Orientation Day, see more details about these events below.
Your department may also organise activities for welcoming international students. More information will be provided by your specific department. 

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Atmosphere, Biogoesphere and Climate Change
Atmosphere, Biogoesphere and Climate Change

This course, commonly called “ABCC”, will acquaint you with these complexities and equip you to contribute to 21st century solutions.

The topics in this course are arranged to start with natural systems, explore changes that impact the equilibrium and these systems (both natural and anthropogenic), and finally explore the extent of upcoming climate changes and what is or can be done to mitigate and/or adapt to these changes.


  • Functioning of the climate and the biogeosphere-atmosphere systems (cycles of water, carbon, etc., energy balances, and ocean and atmosphere circulation)
  • Mechanisms and concepts in the Earth system (emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosols, climate forcing, earth system and climate feedback, climate sensitivity)
  • Natural variations in the climate (before industrialisation)
  • Anthropogenic climate change: (evidence, causes, observational methodologies, and variations over space and time)
  • The future of climate change overdecades/centuries/millennia (scenarios for emissions and aerosols that impact climate and their effects on natural cycles, ecosystem services and humanity)
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation (international efforts such as the UN Framework Convention for Climate Change (UNFCCC) and efforts in the private and civil sectors)
  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    Instruction takes the form of lectures, seminars in which the students play an active role (e.g. literature review and discussions), and a field excursion. Participation in seminars, the field excursion, and related activities is compulsory.


    Assessment takes place through a written exam, active participation in seminars and written assignments.


    Your rights and responsibilities

    Your rights and responsibilities as a student

  • 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 literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    Han Dolman (2019) Biogeochemical Cycles and Climate, ISBN: 9780198779308, Oxford Univ Press, 272 pages.

    Latest IPCC reports.

  • Course reports

  • More information

    Compulsory core course for the M.Sc. program in Environmental Science – Atmosphere-Biogeochemistry – Climate Change (ABC), but is also offered as a separate course.

  • Contact

    Study counsellor

    Course coordinator

    Örjan Gustafsson,

    Department of Environmental Science