This course is discontinued

GEF4230 – Numerical models of the atmosphere

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Course content

Coordinate systems. Finite-difference methods. Truncation error and stability analysis. Objective analysis of weathermaps. Outline of numerical weather prediction. Parameterization of clouds, precipitation, boundary layer, radiation and surface exchange of energy, mass and momentum.

Learning outcome

You shall have basic knowledge about common methods for numerical solution of equations used in atmospheric science, and the parameterization of unresolved processes.


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Formal prerequisite knowledge

In addition to fulfilling the Higher Education Entrance Qualification, applicants have to meet the following special admission requirements:

  • Mathematics R1 (or Mathematics S1 and S2) + R2

And in addition one of these:

  • Physics (1+2)
  • Chemistry (1+2)
  • Biology (1+2)
  • Information technology (1+2)
  • Geosciences (1+2)
  • Technology and theories of research (1+2)

The special admission requirements may also be covered by equivalent studies from Norwegian upper secondary school or by other equivalent studies (in Norwegian).

Recommended previous knowledge

Calculus. Some knowledge of basic meteorology and fluid dynamics. GEF2200 – Atmospheric physics (continued), MEK1300 – Introduction to Fluid Mechanics (discontinued)

Overlapping courses

7 credits overlap with GEF4510 – Atmosphere and Oceans on Computers: Fundamentals (discontinued)

5 credits against GF322, 5 credits against GF336


4 hours per week of lectures, seminars and exercises.


Final oral examination. Assessment of assignments.

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Facts about this course




Last given autumn 2007. Most of the contents will be carried through to GEF4510 from autumn 2008.


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