GEO9990 – The Earth System
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
Teaching and exams spring 2022
In light of the most recent infection control regulations, we will at the start of the spring semester 2022 increase our online teaching, while we at the same time try to maintain in-person teaching where this is possible. We hope to go back to more in-person teaching later on in the semester. You will be informed about any changes in teaching or examinations on the semester page, in Canvas or through your regular channels.
Read more about postponed exams for the autumn semester 2021.
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, candidates 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
- have experience in presenting topics in Earth System Science orally
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 GEO4990 and GEO9990 have a joint admission with a joint capacity of 15 students. If there are more than 15 applicants, the applicants will be ranked after the following categories:
- PhD candidates at the Department of Geosciences and master's students in Geosciences, programme option Meteorology and Oceanography (programme option)
Other PhD candidates and visiting PhD candidates, and master's 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 are 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)
- GEO4901 – Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics / GEO4900 – Atmosphere-Ocean Dynamics (continued)
- 10 credits overlap with GEO4990 – 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 and a mandatory field excursion. Two oral presentations of topics in the subject field will count towards the final grade.
A field report must be handed in after the excursion and approved before 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 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.
- Two oral student presentations count 50% towards the final grade.
- The final oral examination counts 50% towards the final grade.
- Both the oral student presentations and the final examination must be passed separately 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 1 of the 3 attempts to sit the exam for this course if you sit the exam for one of the following courses:
- GEO4990 – 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 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.