Master’s studies

Syllabus for Climatology and Climatological Methods

Klimatologi och klimatologiska arbetsmetoder


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1ME038
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1N, Earth Science A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5
  • Established: 2014-03-13
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 30, 2014
  • Entry requirements: 120 credits including 35 credits in mathematics and 35 credits in physics
  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

After the course the student shall

  • have gained detailed knowledge about the earth’s climate on a global and regional scale.
  • have knowledge and be able to apply methods to classify climate
  • be able to use statistical methods on large amount of meteorological data to extract climatological information.
  • understand transport processes within the climate system as a result of classical physics


Regional climate, classification of climate types (Köppen, Hendl), general circulation and its connection to conservation of energy and momentum for system earth/atmosphere.
Statistical evaluation of meteorological observations, measures of central tendency, measures of dispersion, distributions, Gauss distribution, Weibull distribution, probability analysis, regression analysis, correlations, homogenisations of time series of data, trend analysis, urban effects.


Lectures, exercises in statistical analysis, home assignment


Written examination

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: week 30, 2014

  • Alexandersson, Hans; Bergström, Hans Klimatologisk statistik med övningsuppgifter

    Uppsala: Utgiven vid Inst. f. geovetenskaper, Uppsala universitet, 2005

    Find in the library


  • Rohli, Robert V.; Vega, Anthony J. Climatology

    Sudbury, Mass.: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, c2008

    Find in the library