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Course content

The course provides a broad-based introduction to meteorology, with emphasis on understanding the physics and mathematically describing the processes in the atmosphere.  There will be an introduction to radiation transfer in the atmosphere, and cloud and precipitation formation. In addition the atmosphere’s large-scale movements will be described, and related to weather systems such as depressions and anticyclones. A short presentation of the atmosphere’s boundary layers will also be given. The main features of the Earth’s climate variations and climate changes will be discussed.

Learning outcome

When you have taken this course, you will have:

  • knowledge about the static stability in the atmosphere, and its relevance to convection and clouds
  • insight into how short- and long-wave radiation interacts with the atmosphere, and the relevance of this for optical phenomena, the greenhouse effect and remote sensing
  • insight into the theory of cloud formation in the atmosphere and the process of precipitation
  • a mathematical and physical understanding of the concepts geostrophic wind, thermal wind, and how wind strength decreases near the ground through friction
  • insight into how natural and anthropogenic drivers affect the Earth’s climate


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

The course includes a compulsory field course and excursions. A health and safety course for safety in the field must be passed before you can go on these.

Recommended previous knowledge

Overlapping courses


Lectures and colloquium/groups, 4 hours per week. There are 2-4 compulsory exercises during the course, accompanied by compulsory assignments, which must be approved prior to the final examination.

A compulsory 3-day field course.  A field report must be written and approved before taking the final examination.

Attendance at the first lecture is compulsory. Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Studies administration, email address:

General information about excursions at the Dept. of Geosciences.

As the teaching involves laboratory and/or field work, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.


  • 2-4 compulsory assignments and a field report must be approved before sitting the written examination for the course.
  • A written intermediate examination (2 hours) which counts for 30%
  • A final written examination (3 hours) which counts for 70%

Examination support material

Allowed calculators (in Norwegian)

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

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

Resit an examination

Students who can document a valid reason for absence from the regular examination are offered a postponed examination at the beginning of the next semester.

Re-scheduled examinations are not offered to students who withdraw during, or did not pass the original examination.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

It will also be counted as one of the three attempts to sit the exam for this course, if you sit the exam for one of the following courses: GEF2200 – Atmospheric physics (continued).


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 spring


Every spring

Teaching language

Norwegian (English on request)