The Earth's Climate and Climate Change, Introductory Course
7.5 credits cr.
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Knowledge about the Earth’s climate and climate change is decisive for our future. In this course, you will gain insight in how different aspects of the climate system contribute to a comprehensive whole. We want to provide you with the understanding that is necessary today when participating in the important debate about the future of our climate.
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 wether you have to reply to your offer or not.
Checklist for admitted students
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Welcome to your studies at the Department of Meteorology, Stockholm University.
All accepted students receive a welcome letter via email with important information for their studies.
At MISU, the course starts with a mandatory roll call. You will get more detailed information about the roll call via email. If you plan to start the education but for some reason cannot participate at the roll call, please contact our study counselor. Otherwise you risk losing your spot in the course. Contact information for the study counselor is listed at the bottom of this page.
If you are accepted to a course, you can register for it through your University account. If you have problems registering, please contact our study counselor. Contact information is listed at the bottom of this page.
If you have been accepted with conditions then you must contact the study counselor before you can start the education. Please do this as soon as possible and well ahead of the start of the course. Contact information is listed at the bottom of this page.
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Find your way to MISU
MISU has its own lecture rooms and all of them are in the same corridor as the rest of the department. You will get your own entry card for access to the department. MISU is located on 6th floor, building C in the Arrhenius Laboratories.
Classes during the spring semester 2021
Classes will be done in hybrid mode at MISU. That means that lectures can be attended onsite by a maximum of 8 participants, but that the lectures also are broadcast online. Some parts of the course may require physical presence. You will be informed if that is the case during the course and attending will be according to current regulations. We are trying to set the schedule so that rush hour commuting can be avoided as much as possible. Most staff members are working from home to facilitate for classes. Read more about how we have adjusted MISU for teaching during the Corona pandemic.
You can get more detailed information about each course via the teaching platform Athena. You will get access to each respective course page as soon as you activate your University account and have been registered for the course. If you have any questions, please contact the study counselor (contact information below).
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.
Find your way on campus
Stockholm University's main campus is in the Frescati area, north of the city centre. While most of our departments and offices are located here, there are also campus areas in other parts of the city.
For new international students
We cover the processes that are of central relevance for the climate: in the atmosphere, in the oceans, radiative balance, the greenhouse effect, and other factors that are important for understanding climate and its development. How has climate changed in a historical perspective? We describe Earth’s climate zones and how these result from the atmosphere’s and the oceans’ circulation. Then we introduce weather forecast models and climate models. How do they work, and how do we interpret scenarios of future climate.
There will of course be a comprehensive discussion of anthropogenic influences on climate, through increasing greenhouse effect, aerosol particles, and other processes. We will also illuminate the problem of separating anthropogenic effects from natural variability. Last but not least we discuss societal consequences of climate change and provide insight in the work of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
The course is a mixture of lectures, group exercises and a home task. The course is given in Swedish and complete information about the course is provided in the Swedish course description.
The lectures are given by different scientists who all contribute with their expertise from different directions of climate research. Active discussions about various climate questions use to be an important part of the lectures. This is complemented by group exercises aiming at the interpretation of weather and climate data. This also includes a home task with individual observations and analyses.
The home task provides an opportunity to combine the content of the lectures with own thoughts. At the end of the course, a written exam is intended to cover the various aspects that contribute to climate as a whole.
ScheduleThe 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.
The course starts during spring semester.