GEO4962 – The General Circulation of the Atmosphere
Changes in the course due to coronavirus
Autumn 2020 we plan for teaching and examinations to be conducted as described in the course description and on semester pages. However, changes may occur due to the corona situation. You will receive notifications about any changes at the semester page and/or in Canvas.
Spring 2020: Teaching and examinations was digitilized. See changes and common guidelines for exams at the MN faculty spring 2020.
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.
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:
- PhD candidates at the Department of Geosciences and Master students in Geosciences, in the Meteorology and Oceanography programme option
- Other PhD students and visiting PhD students, and Master students in Geosciences, other programme options
- Master’s level exchange students and other master’s level students at the MN Faculty
- Single course students on master’s level
Admission will be decided by drawing lots for applicants who are ranked equally.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
Recommended previous knowledge
- 10 credits overlap with GEF4530 – The General Circulation of the Atmosphere (continued).
- 10 credits overlap with GEF9530 – The General Circulation of the Atmosphere (continued).
- 10 credits overlap with GEO9962 – The General Circulation of the Atmosphere.
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 (email@example.com).
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:
- GEO9962 – The General Circulation of the Atmosphere
- GEF4530 – The General Circulation of the Atmosphere (continued)
- GEF9530 – The General Circulation of the Atmosphere (continued)
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.
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.