Master’s studies

Syllabus for Numerical Modelling of the Atmosphere

Numerisk modellering av atmosfären


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1ME406
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1N, Computational Science A1N, Earth Science A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), 3, 4, 5.
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Revised: 2013-05-17
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: week 34, 2013
  • 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 students shall

• understand how motions systems in the atmosphere cam be simulate with a computer model.
• have knowledge about different of models used to simulate weather/ the atmosphere on different scales
• have knowledge about and understand how approximations of the physics of the atmosphere can be done in different model types
• be able to approximate the equations of motions using numerical methods
• have knowledge about different methods used in numerical models
• have knowledge about methods to evaluate results from a numerical weather model


Numerical approximations of different terms in the equation of motion. Finite differences, spectral methods. Different numerical models (RANS models, large eddy simulation, direct numerical simulation), characteristic features of the models. Different grid structures, Parameterisations of different processes.


Lectures, computer exercises, home assignments and project work


Written examination (6 credits), home assignment (1 credit) and project work (3 credits). To pass also requires approved computer exercises.

Reading list

Applies from: week 35, 2013

  • Warner, Thomas T. Numerical weather and climate prediction

    Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011

    Find in the library