Syllabus for Climate Variations


  • 5 credits
  • Course code: 1ME404
  • Education cycle: Second cycle
  • Main field(s) of study and in-depth level: Physics A1N, Earth Science A1N
  • Grading system: Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
  • Established: 2007-03-15
  • Established by:
  • Revised: 2022-02-01
  • Revised by: The Faculty Board of Science and Technology
  • Applies from: Autumn 2022
  • Entry requirements:

    120 credits with 90 credits in physics, earth science or biology. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

  • Responsible department: Department of Earth Sciences

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • review how the climate can vary on time scales from years up to hundreds of million years (paleoclimatology),
  • use basic knowledge in meteorology to understand climate variability and change,
  • explain the methods used in paleoclimatology,
  • review methods used to investigate/predict future climate.


Introduction to the large-scale thermodynamics and dynamics of the climate system. Methods used in paleoclimatology such as analysis of ice cores, sediment samples and tree rings. Factors driving climate variability on multiple scales, such as orbital variations, plate tectonics, volcanic activity, greenhouse gases, climate modes of variability and feedbacks. Climate modelling and projections of future climates.


Lectures, seminars and project work.


Written examination (4 credits). Project work (1 credit).

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.

Reading list

The reading list is missing. For further information, please contact the responsible department.

Last modified: 2022-04-26