spring 2021
MAT-3213 Climate Dynamics - 10 ECTS

Last changed 11.08.2021

Application deadline

Applicants from Nordic countries: 1 June for the autumn semester and 1 December for the spring semester. Applicants from outside the Nordic countries: 1 October for the spring semester and 15 April for the autumn semester.

Type of course

Spring 2020 If only a few students attend this course spring 2020, it will be given as a reading-coures.

The course is included in the Master's degree program in mathematics and in the Master's degree program in energy, climate and environment. It is available as a singular or elective course independent of study program, also to exchange students and free-movers upon approval of the Department of mathematics and statistics.

Admission requirements

Bachelor of science degree in mathematics or physics or equal. Application code is 9371.

Course content

The course introduces mathematical and statistical methods that are applied to the dynamics of the climate system. Topics covered include the Earth's energy balance, temperature distribution, ocean circulation patterns such as El Niño, and the carbon cycle. Among the mathematical and statistical techniques presented are dynamical systems and bifurcation theory, Fourier analysis, conservation laws, regression analysis, and extreme value theory.

Objectives of the course

Students will acquire knowledge about the conceptual models that capture important aspects of the Earth's climate system and the mathematical and statistical techniques that can be applied to their analysis.The course will prepare for research work associated with MSc thesis in climate dynamics.

Language of instruction

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

Lectures: 40 hoursExercises: 30 hours including computer assignments.


One oral exam counting 100 %.

Assessment scale: Letter grades A-F.

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. Both postponed computer projects and postponed oral examination are arranged during the semester if possible, otherwise early in the following semester.

New ordinary examination (section 25): A new ordinary examination in the teaching-free semester is not offered.

See indicated sections in "Regulations for examinations at the University of Tromsø" for more information.

Coursework requirements Access to the final examination requires submission of mandatory assignments.

  • About the course
  • Campus: Tromsø |
  • ECTS: 10
  • Course code: MAT-3213