GEO4990 – The Earth System
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 lectures will deal with the basics of the earth system with an emphasis on interactions between its components (atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, biosphere). Observed changes in the state of the earth system will be presented. Current Earth System Models will be introduced and their capabilities and limitations will be discussed. Projected future climate change based on multi-model simulations will be highlighted.
After completing this course, students will:
- Have insight into ongoing and projected changes in the Earth’s climate and associated uncertainties.
- Be familiar with the methods used in climate science.
- Be familiar with the concept of the Earth System and key processes governing interactions between its main components.
Admission to the course
Students admitted at UiO must apply for courses in Studentweb. Students enrolled in other Master's Degree Programmes can, on application, be admitted to the course if this is cleared by their own study programme.
Nordic citizens and applicants residing in the Nordic countries may apply to take this course as a single course student.
If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants.
The course is offered both on MSc and PhD level and has a limited total capacity for both courses to a maximum of 15 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, programme option Meteorology and Oceanography
- Other PhD candidates and visiting PhD candidates, and Master students in Geosciences, other programme options
- Master’s level exchange students and other master’s level students at the MN Faculty
- New single course students on master’s level
Applicants will be ranked by the number of ECTS-credits within each category: all applicants within category 1 is ranked before applicants in category 2. If there are space limitations in the course, available places will be given to students selected randomly among those with the same amount of ECTS credits.
Formal prerequisite knowledge
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
- GEO2310 – Meteorology / GEF2200 – Atmospheric physics (continued)
- GEO4900 – Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics
- 10 credits overlap with GEO9990 – The Earth System.
- 10 credits overlap with GEF4400 – The Earth System (continued).
- 10 credits overlap with GEF9400 – The Earth System (continued).
The course is taught weekly. The teaching consists of interactive lectures with active participation by the students (e.g. oral presentations, discussions) and a mandatory field excursion.
A field report must be handed in after the excursion and approved before the final examination. The student presentations will be part of the course and count towards the final grade.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We reserve the right to change the teaching form and examination of the course in semesters where 5 or fewer students have been admitted.
As the teaching involves laboratory and/or fieldwork, you should consider taking out a separate travel and personal risk insurance. Read about your insurance cover as a student.
Cost of taking the course
Participation in the excursion is mandatory. The excursion has a fee of NOK 150 per day.
- All mandatory activities must be completed and the field report must be approved in order for the student to take the final exam.
- Oral student presentation(s) counts for 50%.
- Final oral examination counts for 50%.
- Both the oral student presentation and the final examination must be passed individually in order to pass the course.
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:
- GEO9990 – The Earth System
- GEF4400 – The Earth System (continued)
- GEF9400 – The Earth System (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.