Syllabus for Climate and Landscape

Klimat och landskap

A revised version of the syllabus is available.


  • 10 credits
  • Course code: 1GE111
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Earth Science A1F

    Explanation of codes

    The code indicates the education cycle and in-depth level of the course in relation to other courses within the same main field of study according to the requirements for general degrees:

    First cycle

    • G1N: has only upper-secondary level entry requirements
    • G1F: has less than 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G1E: contains specially designed degree project for Higher Education Diploma
    • G2F: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • G2E: has at least 60 credits in first-cycle course/s as entry requirements, contains degree project for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science
    • GXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

    Second cycle

    • A1N: has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1F: has second-cycle course/s as entry requirements
    • A1E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (60 credits)
    • A2E: contains degree project for Master of Arts/Master of Science (120 credits)
    • AXX: in-depth level of the course cannot be classified

  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2007
  • Entry requirements:

    BSc 180 ECTS credits including minimum 90 ECTS credits in Earth Science alternatively Physics. In addition knowledge and skill corresponding to Climate variations 5 ECTS.

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences
  • This course has been discontinued.

Learning outcomes

After completion of the course the student will have

  • an overview and understanding of regional climate across the globe
  • a deeper understanding of the interactions between climate and landscape dynamics in the context of global environmental change
  • basic knowledge of El Nino dynamics, teleconnections and impacts; land use and climate in the tropics: global change interactions; warming of permafrost in polar-regions: landscape responses and couplings to global climate; earth system dynamics and monsoonal changes in Asia
  • knowledge of the principles of energy exchange between the ground surface and the atmosphere at the local scale, based on both theory and own field measurements.


Regional climate systems across the globe. Regional climate couplings to landscape dynamics and human activity. The dynamic landscape-climate system and global change. Local scale surface-atmosphere energy exchange.


Lectures, seminars, fieldwork and independent study. Critical analysis and review of published literature, written and oral reporting of results from other studies and own data.


Examination at the end of the course. A portion of the assessment is also in the form of essay work and seminar presentations. Grading on the scale 3, 4 or 5 is given provided all exercise and seminars are completed and deemed approved. A student who fails the examination can be examined again either at the beginning of the autumn or the spring term.

Written examination corresponds to 6 ECTS and compulsory events 4 ECTS.

Reading list

Reading list

Applies from: Autumn 2007

Some titles may be available electronically through the University library.

  • Robinson, Peter J.; Henderson-Sellers, Ann Contemporary climatology

    2. ed.: Harlow: Addison Wesley Longman, 1999

    Find in the library