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Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry

  • 30 credits

Based on fundamental physics, mathematics and chemistry, the course deals with the thermodynamics, composition, energy balance and dynamics of the atmosphere, and to some extent of the sea.

The course provides basic knowledge about the movements and processes in the Earth's atmosphere and how they affect weather and climate. You will apply math, physics and chemistry to learn about the atmosphere's vertical structure, radiation processes and energy balance, the greenhouse effect, fluid dynamics in the atmosphere and ocean, fronts and jet streams etc. You will also do analysis of current weather conditions and laboratory work in radiation and chemistry.

  • Course structure

    Modules

    Part 1: Atmospheric thermodynamics, 5.5 credits

    Part 2: Atmospheric radiation, 4 credits

    Part 3: Atmospheric chemistry, 4 credits

    Part 4: Fluid dynamics, 3 credits

    Part 5: Dynamic meteorology I, 10 credits

    Part 6: Practical applications in meteorology, 3.5 credits

    Course material

    Grading criteria, course literature and other material and correspondence related to the course will be available on the course Athena-site at https://athena.itslearning.com once you have registered for the course.

    Examiner

    Here is a link to a list of examiners for 2020:

    https://www.misu.su.se/svenska/utbildning/program-och-kurser#Examinatorer

  • 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.

    You can search for schedules from previous years in TimeEdit, by entering the course code.

    Link to TimeEdit

  • Course literature

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

    Part 1: Atmospheric thermodynamics, 5.5 credits

    • Wallace, J. M. and P. V. Hobbs: Atmospheric Science, An Introductory Survey, 2nd edition, Academic Press, 2006. Chapter 3.
    • Oredsson, L. och Hammarstrand, U.: Övningsuppgifter i termodynamik och molnfysik, Meteorologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, 1998, 114 pages. (Can be purchased at MISU)

    Part 2: Atmospheric radiation, 4 credits

    Wallace, J. M. and P. V. Hobbs: Atmospheric Science, An Introductory Survey, 2nd edition, Academic Press, 2006. Chapter 4.

    Literature for optional additional reading about physics and radiation will be recommended during the course.

    Part 3: Atmospheric chemistry, 4 credits

    Wallace, J. M. and P. V. Hobbs: Atmospheric Science, An Introductory Survey, 2nd edition, Academic Press, 2006. Chapter 5.

    Literature for optional additional reading about basic chemistry will be recommended during the course.

    Part 4: Fluid dynamics, 3 credits

    Tritton, D. J.: Physical Fluid Dynamics, Second edition, Oxford Science Publications, 1988. Chapters 1-8 (105 pages). (A few copies can be borrowed from the library)

    Part 5: Dynamic meteorology I, 10 credits

    • Holton, J. R. and Hakim: An introduction to dynamic meteorology, 5th edition, International Geophysics Series, Academic Press, 2012, 552 pp. Print Book ISBN: 9780123848666, eBook ISBN: 9780123848673. Chapters 1-4, 8.
    • Lynch and Cassano, Applied Atmospheric Dynamics, 2006. Chapters 1-7, 10. (Can be borrowed as eBook from the library)
    • L. Oredsson and H. Lejenäs, Övningsuppgifter i dynamisk meteorologi, del 1, Meteorologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, 1997, 93 pages. (Can be purchased at MISU)

    Synoptic meteorology:

    • Lejenäs. H.: Introduktion till väderlära del A, Meteorologiska Institutionen, Stockholms Universitet, 2009. (Can be purchased at MISU)
    • Lejenäs. H.: Introduktion till väderlära del B, Meteorologiska Institutionen, Stockholms Universitet, 2007. (Can be purchased at MISU)

    Part 6: Practical applications in meteorology, 3.5 credits

    No proposed text books.

    Additional reading may be suggested and informed about when each part of the course starts.

  • More information

    Upcoming courses

    The course is held every autumn semester.

  • Contact

    Student counselor

    email: studievagledare@misu.su.se
    Phone: +46 8 16 24 18