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Kursussøgning, efter- og videreuddannelse

General circulation of the atmosphere

Practical information
Study year 2016/2017
Block 2
Programme level Full Degree Master
Course responsible
  • Eigil Kaas (4-7b717183507e72793e7b853e747b)
  • The Niels Bohr Institute
Course number: NFYK15012U

Course content

The purpose of this course is to give the student an overview of the averaged circulation and structure/state of the atmosphere. One main point is the identification of the role of the large-scale atmospheric waves. The course will cover the physical basis, the large scale dynamics, the time averaged state, the balances, the variability, transports and energy/energy conversions and the coupling/feedback mechanisms, especially the role of the sea.

Learning outcome

The students are able to:

  • Present/explain the theoretical basis for the averaged state of the atmosphere
  • Explain the role of the large scale atmospheric waves
  • Describe and explain feedback- and coupling mechanisms
  • Explain the atmospheric energy budget, including the waves


The students have:

  • a broad knowledge about the atmosphere's general state and the roles of waves in the atmosphere.
  • knowledge about general techniques for analyzing the behavior of the atmosphere


The students are able to:

  • extend the knowledge to further studies of the atmosphere at a research level
  • describe in general terms how the atmosphere is working, on both short and long time scales (and even on climate time scales).

extend the knowledge to further studies of the atmosphere at a research level


Laptop with Matlab installed is required

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M.Sc. Physics


Study Board of Physics, Chemistry and Nanoscience

Course type

Single subject courses (day)


To be announced/NBI (presumably the new associate professor in meteorology)


1 block


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Teaching and learning methods

Class room teaching with a mixture of lectures (traditional lectures, discussion hours and student presentations), analytical exercises and computer exercises where key elements of the general circulation is analysed using re-analysis atmospheric data, satellite data and climate model output.


No limit




The teaching material will be announced on Absalon. It is certain that the material will include recent published papers.


Category Hours
Lectures 35
Practical exercises 35
Exam 0,5
Preparation 135,5
English 206,0


Type of assessment

Oral examination, 25 minutes
The oral exam will be without aids in an unknown subject.


Without aids

Marking scale

7-point grading scale

Criteria for exam assessment

See learning outcome

Censorship form

No external censorship
more internal examiners


The same form as the ordinary exam

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