FYS-2018 Global climate change - 10 ECTS
Knowledge - The student can:
- provide a simple radiative-balance model of the climate system based on the radiative balance at the top of the atmosphere
- describe the role of the greenhouse effect in the climate
- explain natural and anthropogenic courses of climate change
- describe the impact of global warming
- provide and overview of climate change in the past
- identify the basic equations relevant for the circulation in the atmosphere and oceans
- based on physical arguments, describe the concept of static stability and potential temperature
- describe the concepts of hydrostatic and geostrophic approximations and the thermal wind balance
- based on physical arguments, provide an overview of the general circulations of the atmosphere and oceans
Skills - The student can:
- understand and interpret relevant arguments and new theories concerning global climate change
- solve basic problems within atmosphere and ocean fluid dynamics
- perform basic climate model simulations
General expertise - The student can:
- incorporate current knowledge and new scientific information into critical thinking
- communicate theories, problem descriptions and solutions regarding global climate change
- up to 3 assignments counting about 30 % The course responsible determines the number of assignments in the beginning of the semester.
- final 4 hour written examination counting about 70 %.
All components in the portfolio are assessed as a whole and one combined grade is given.
Assessment scale: Letter grades A-F. A is the higes grade and F is failed.
Re-sit examination (section 22): There is no access to a re-sit examination in this course.
Postponed examination (sections 17 and 21): Students with valid grounds for absence will be offered a postponed examination early in the following semester.
See indicated sections in Regulations for examinations at the UiT The arctic university of Norway for more information.