This course is discontinued

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Course content

This course constitutes an introduction to the physics of the atmosphere and the ocean. It discusses the most important forces that move a fluid on a rotating Earth, i.e. generate winds in the atmosphere and currents in the ocean. In addition there are discussions of motions that are not influenced by the Earth’s rotation, such as river flow, glacier motion, motion of water and oil in porous media, and convection in the Earth’s mantle that moves the tectonic plates.

Learning outcome

The student will obtain knowledge of:

  • cloud formation, atmospheric fronts and the development of cyclones
  • coupled atmosphere-ocean phenomena such as El Niño/La Niña
  • wave phenomena such as wind sea and destructive tsunamis
  • the dynamical development of the earth’s climate, and the possible man-made climate changes
  • the fundamental dynamical processes related to the motion of air, water, glaciers and magma on the Earth


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


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

MAT1000 – Mathematics for applications I (discontinued) or similar mathematical knowledge

Overlapping courses

  • 6 credits overlap with GF101
  • 6 credits overlap with GF111
  • 3 credits overlap with G100


6 hours each week. Lectures, colloquias.


Two home exams, which both need to be passed. Each counts ca 15%. Final written exam (3 hours), counts 70%, and must be passed.

Grading scale

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.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

This course offers both postponed and resit of examination. Read more:

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.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.


The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

This course was periodic evaluated in autumn 2013 (pdf, in Norwegian).

Facts about this course






The subject will be taught for the last time Autumn 2017


Autumn 2019

Autumn 2018

Examination is offered until autumn 2019, under assumption of passed lectures

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