GEO9962 – The General Circulation of the Atmosphere
Changes in the course due to coronavirus Spring 2020
Teaching and examinations will take place digitally. This may result in changes to your schedule, mandatory activities, exam form and grading scale. See updated information on the semester page and in Canvas.
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, candidates will obtain a fundamental knowledge of general circulation of the atmosphere, in particular:
- 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
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 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 GEO4962 – The General Circulation of the Atmosphere.
- 10 credits overlap with GEF4530 – The General Circulation of the Atmosphere (continued).
- 10 credits overlap with GEF9530 – The General Circulation of the Atmosphere (continued).
Teaching consists of 3 hours lecture per week. Candidates are expected to participate actively in discussions. A written topic summary and presentations by the candidates will be part of the course. These must be approved in order for the candidate to take the final exam. Approved assignments are valid for 2 years if the final exam is retaken.
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.
An exercise and a written topic summary (both mandatory) must be approved for the student to take the final exam. Students must attend at least 80% of the lectures and practicals 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 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:
- GEO4962 – 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 pass/fail scale. 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.