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Compulsory for main focus meteorology: Atmospheric Dynamics and Modelling
Identification number


180 h

Term of studying
1. -3. Semester
Frequency of

Winter term

1 semester
1 Type of lessons
a) Lectures
b) Exercise
Contact times
30 h
30 h
Self-study times
60 h
60 h
Intended group size

Aims of the module and acquired skills

Aims: Advanced understanding of atmospheric dynamics and modeling with emphasis on the physics core of global climate and numerical weather prediction models. Acquired skills: capacity for model applications, development and construction, and capacity for model data analysis and critical assessment.

3 Contents of the module
  • Review on atmospheric dynamics and governing equations
  • Review on atmospheric waves and implications to atmospheric modeling
  • Model closure
  • Parameterization of the atmospheric boundary layer
  • Parameterization of land and ocean surface processes
  • Parameterization of convection and clouds
  • Introduction to non-linear system theory and ensemble forecast
  • Weather and climate predictability
4 Teaching/Learning methods

Lectures and tutorials (Compulsory attendance in tutorial)
5 Requirements for participation

Undergraduate level understanding of general and theoretical meteorology.

Type of module examinations

Written Examination (graded)

7 Requisites for the allocation of credits

Successful participation in the exercises (50 % of the possible points have to be obtained) and passing of the examination.

At the end of the semester or the beginning of the following semester a possibility to repeat the examination is offered. A failed examination may be repeated twice. Additional possibilities to repeat an examination exist according to the examination regulations (§ 20 section 1).

Assessments which have been passed are not allowed to be taken again, with one exception: If at the end of a module which consists of a lecture and tutorial classes, the student takes the assessment at the first available date after having received admission to the module exam, he/she is then allowed to take the examination again at the next available date for the purpose of improving the grade, even if he/she passed the assessment the first time – in this case, the better of the two grades will count towards the final degree grade (§ 20 section 9).

The module mark is the grade obtained in the assessment. In the case of two passed assessments the module mark is the better grade
8 Compatibility with other Curricula
  • Other modules of equal value can be admitted and announced by the examination board after agreement.
  • Suitable as an elective course for mathematics, physics and geoscience students
9 Significance of the module mark for the overall grade

10 Module coordinator

Y. Shao, H. Elbern
11 Additional information

Recommended Literature:

Stensrud DJ 2010: Parameterization Schemes: Keys to Understanding Numerical Weather Prediction Models. ISBN-10: 0521126762
Stull RB 2008: An Introduction to Boundary Layer Meteorology. ISBN-10: 9027727694
Kalnay E 2002: Atmospheric modeling, data assimilation and predictability. ISBN 0-521-79629-6.
Trenberth KE 2010: Climate system modeling. ISBN-10: 0521128374
Domenico P and FW Schwartz, 2008: Physical and Chemical Hydrogeology. ISBN-10: 0471597627