Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry
30 credits cr.
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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.
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
The teaching consists of lectures, exercises and laborations. Participaton in laborations and associatedtutorials is compulsory. If there are special reasons, the Examinator may, after consulting the course teacher,allow the student to omit certain parts of the compulsory teaching.
More information can be found in the Syllabus (to the right on this page).
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.
See the Syllabus (to the right on this page).
Here is a link to a list of course coordinators and examiners.
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.
You can search for schedules from previous years in TimeEdit, by entering the course code.
Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
Module 1: Atmospheric thermodynamics
- John M. Wallace and Peter V. Hobbs: Atmospheric Science, An Introductory Survey, 2nd edition, Academic Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780127329512. Chapter 3.
Module 2: Atmospheric radiation
- John M. Wallace and Peter V. Hobbs: Atmospheric Science, An Introductory Survey, 2nd edition, Academic Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780127329512. Chapter 4.
Module 3: Atmospheric chemistry
- John M. Wallace and Peter V. Hobbs: Atmospheric Science, An Introductory Survey, 2nd edition, Academic Press, 2006. ISBN: 9780127329512. Chapter 5.
Module 4: Fluid dynamics
- Tritton, D. J.: Physical Fluid Dynamics, Second edition, Oxford Science Publications, 1988. ISBN: 0198544898. Chapters 1-8.
Module 5: Dynamic meteorology I
- James R. Holton, Gregory J. Hakim: An introduction to dynamic meteorology, 5th edition, Elsevier, 2013. Print Book ISBN: 9780123848666. Chapters 1-4, 8.
- Amanda H. Lynch and John J. Cassano: Applied Atmospheric Dynamics, 2006. ISBN: 047086172X. Chapters 1-7, 10. (Supplementary reading)
- L. Oredsson and H. Lejenäs, Övningsuppgifter i dynamisk meteorologi, del 1, Meteorologiska institutionen, Stockholms universitet, 1997, 93 pages. (Provided by MISU)
- Lejenäs. H.: Introduktion till väderlära del A, Meteorologiska Institutionen, Stockholms Universitet, 2009. (Provided by MISU)
- Lejenäs. H.: Introduktion till väderlära del B, Meteorologiska Institutionen, Stockholms Universitet, 2007. (Provided by MISU)
Module 6: Practical applications in meteorology
- Materials provided by MISU during the course.
Course reportsCourse_report_MO8001-TERM_MO4002-DEL1_AU22.pdf Course_report_MO8001-STRL_MO4002-DEL2_AU22.pdf Course_report_MO8002_MO4002-DEL5_AU22.pdf Course_report_MO8001-KEMI_MO4002-DEL3_AU22.pdf
The course is held every autumn semester.