GEO4962 – The General Circulation of the Atmosphere

Schedule, syllabus and examination date

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Changes in the course due to coronavirus

Autumn 2020 the exams of most courses at the MN Faculty will be conducted as digital home exams or oral exams, using the normal grading scale. The semester page for your course will be updated with any changes in the form of examination.

See general guidelines for examination at the MN Faculty autumn 2020.

Course content

The course give a broad overview about the general circulation of the atmosphere, including the tropospheric and stratospheric circulation. The lecture will cover the transport of climate and ozone relevant gases, which are important for the chemical composition and for the radiative budget of the atmosphere. Future climate and ozone changes affecting the general circulation of the atmosphere will be highlighted.

Learning outcome

After finishing this course, students understand;

  • Tropospheric Circulation
  • Brewer Dobson Circulation
  • Stratospheric Ozone distribution
  • Dynamics and chemistry of key trace gases
  • Climate change and the Ozone Hole

Admission to the course

The courses GEO4962 and GEO9962 have a joint admission with a joint capacity of 20 students. If the number of applicants exceeds the course capacity, applicants will be ranked in the following order:

  1. PhD candidates at the Department of Geosciences and Master students in Geosciences, in the Meteorology and Oceanography programme option
  2. Other PhD students and visiting PhD students, and Master students in Geosciences, other programme options
  3. Master’s level exchange students and other master’s level students at the MN Faculty
  4. Single course students on master’s level

Admission will be decided by drawing lots for applicants who are ranked equally.

Formal prerequisite knowledge

Overlapping courses


Teaching consists of 3 hours lecture per week. Students are expected to participate actively in discussions. Mandatory practicals and student presentations will be part of the course. These must be approved in order for the student to take the final exam. Approved assignments are valid for 2 years

Students must attend at least 80% of the lectures in order to take the final exam.

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 Students who fail to meet, are considered to have withdrawn from the course unless they have previously given notice to the Student administration (

We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.


  • Practicals and presentations must be approved in order for the student to take the final exam. Students must attend at least 80% of the lectures and practicals in order to take the final exam.
  • One student presentation of a given topic counts for 50%.
  • Final oral examination counts for 50%.
  • Both parts must be passed individually in order to pass the course.

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: 

Examination support material

No examination support material is allowed.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in 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.

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.

Special examination arrangements, use of sources, explanations and appeals

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Last updated from FS (Common Student System) Oct. 22, 2020 5:12:48 AM

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