FYS4630 – Transport of radiation in the atmosphere

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Course content

An introduction to the theory of radiation transport in multiple scattering, absorbing and emitting atmospheres. General solutions of the radiation transport equation. Two-stream approximations and discrete ordinate method. Applications on problems from the earth's atmosphere. Introduction to the use of a modern radiation model.

Learning outcome

To get a basic introduction to the theory of scattering, absorption and emission of electromagnetic radiation in atmospheres, and an introduction to an existing radiation transport model with applications on for example the analysis of data from the UV, visible and IR area.


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Overlapping courses

10 credits overlap with FYS9630 – Transport of radiation in the atmosphere (discontinued)


The course extends over a full semester with 4 hours of teaching (lectures and colloquia) per week.

Regulations for mandatory assignments can be found here.


Final written (4 hours) or oral exam. Type of examination will be determined by the number of enrolled students.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course






Every autumn

If the course is offered, a minimum of four students is required for ordinary lectures to take place. If less than four students participate, an exam will be given, but one should not expect ordinary teaching.


Every autumn

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)