On completion of the course, the student should be able to:
describe the Earth's global and regional climate
explain the interaction between climate and landscape dynamics in global climate and environmental change
describe land use and climate i tropical areas
describe the heating of the polar regions and how this affects permafrost areas
explain the principles of energy exchange between the earth's surface and the atmosphere
The course reviews the following topics: regional climate systems across the globe; regional climate couplings to landscape dynamics and development; the dynamic landscape-climate system and land use under global change; local scale surface-atmosphere energy exchange.
Lectures, seminars, and independent study.
Written and oral presentation of results. The course is graded using a written examination, 6 credits, and compulsory activities, 4 credits.
If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the disability coordinator of the university.