This course is discontinued

FYS9630 – Transport of radiation in the atmosphere

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

Choose semester

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.


PhD candidates from the University of Oslo should apply for classes and register for examinations through Studentweb.

If a course has limited intake capacity, priority will be given to PhD candidates who follow an individual education plan where this particular course is included. Some national researchers’ schools may have specific rules for ranking applicants for courses with limited intake capacity.

PhD candidates who have been admitted to another higher education institution must apply for a position as a visiting student within a given deadline.


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.


1 or 2 madatory assignments will count for 20 percent of the grade, while a final oral exam will count for 80 percent.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

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)