autumn 2023
FYS-3034 Wind Modelling in Complex Terrain - 10 ECTS

Type of course

The course is available as a singular course. The course is also available to exchange students and Fulbright-students.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are a Bachelors degree in physics or similar education, including specialization in physics worth the equivalent of not less than 80 ECTS credits. Local admission, application code 9371 - singular courses at Master's level.

Course content

This course gives an introduction to the atmospheric processes that lead to winds on large and local scales, and how numerical weather models can be used in prediction of wind-energy production.

The course includes training in The Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF), which is an open source model for regional weather and climate model commonly used for in a wide range of applications, in operational forecasting and in research projects. Other relevant software for wind energy modelling may also be introduced.

The course will include wind measurement from relevant sites, to compare the performance of different wind modelling approaches.

Meteorology curriculum focuses on:

  • Temperature and humidity in the atmosphere
  • Boundary-layer meteorology and stability
  • Air pressure and winds
  • Local winds in mountainous terrain
  • Modelling local winds
  • Wind and energy production

The WRF curriculum focuses on

  • How the model is built, including which parts handles the various physical processes in the atmosphere
  • How to set up and run the model, including considerations that must be made in order to adapt the model for special cases like wind-energy production
  • How to handle and analyze the output, with special emphasis on applications for wind energy

Recommended prerequisites

FYS-2018 Global climate change

Objectives of the course

Knowledge - The student can:

  • based on physical arguments, explain the atmospheric processes that lead to wind, and local wind phenomenon caused by topography
  • describe how atmospheric physical processes are represented in numeric models
  • describe what a numerical weather and a climate model is, and how it functions
  • describe how numerical models may be used for wind-energy prediction

Skills - The student can:

  • analyze and presenting the results from wind measurements and numerical weather models
  • prepare and conduct a simulation with a state-of-the-art weather-prediction model (WRF)
  • assess cases and adapt the WRF model for special cases with respect to temporal and spatial resolutions and choices for parameterizations and initial and boundary data

General comepense - The student can:

  • apply their knowledge and skill on new projects in meteorology, climate science and wind modelling
  • use common meteorological expressions and be able to communicate self-produced and independent results in the fields of meteorology, climate and wind modelling

Language of instruction and examination

The language of instruction is English and all of the syllabus material is in English. Examination questions will be given in English, but may be answered either in English or a Scandinavian language.

Teaching methods

Weekly lectures and seminars 40 hours and 1-2 intensive days with simulation course.

The course consist of an initial WRF tutorial and introductory seminar early in the semester, then lectures and seminar groups covers the meteorology and theoretical curriculum through the semester. Relevant WRF assignments are given for each lecture. A large part of the workload consists of WRF modelling and analyzes of output, including working on the compulsory assignment. Students should be prepared to work independently on this part of the course, although supporting seminar groups will be given.

Information to incoming exchange students

Please see the "Admission requirements" section

Do you have questions about this module? Please check the following website to contact the course coordinator for exchange students at the faculty:


Examination: Date: Duration: Grade scale:
Oral exam 05.12.2023 10:00
40 Minutes A–E, fail F

Coursework requirements:

To take an examination, the student must have passed the following coursework requirements:

WRF simulation Approved – not approved
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Re-sit examination

No re-sit exam is offered
  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: FYS-3034
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