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Specialisation Module: Atmospheric Dynamics and Modeling
Identification number

180 h
Credit Points

1st - 3rd Semester
Offered Every



1 semester
1 Course types
a) Lecture
b) Exercise
Contact time
30 h
30 h
Private study
60 h
60 h
2 Module objectives and skills to be acquired

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 Module content
  • 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
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
4 Teaching methods

Lectures and exercises
5 Prerequisites (for the module)

Formal: None.
The content of the course requires the undergraduate knowledge of general and theoretical meteorology.
6 Type of examination

At the beginning of the lecture-free period, there is a 120 to 180-minute written examination, the content of which is the material from the lecture and exercises. Successful completion of the exercises is required for admission to the examination; for this, the acquisition of 50% of the points to be achieved is sufficient. A repeat examination is offered before or at the beginning of the following semester.
The examination grade is the module grade. In the case of two passed examinations (see § 20 paragraph 10 examination regulations), the better grade is the module grade.
7 Credits awarded

The module is passed, and the credit points will be awarded, if the written examination is passed.
8 Compatibility with other curricula

Suitable as an elective course for physics students.
9 Proportion of final grade

Weight of the module grade in the overall grade: 6/150 (4 %)
10 Module coordinator

Yaping Shao
11 Further information

Version: 2023-03-23