Numerical Modelling of the Atmosphere

10 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 1ME406

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Computational Science A1N, Earth Science A1N, Physics A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (3), Pass with credit (4), Pass with distinction (5)
Finalised by
The Faculty Board of Science and Technology, 30 August 2018
Responsible department
Department of Earth Sciences

Entry requirements

120 credits including 35 credits in mathematics and 35 credits in physics. Proficiency in English equivalent to the Swedish upper secondary course English 6.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course, the student should:

* 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.

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.