Vår 2019
MAT3213
Climate Dynamics  10 stp
The course is administrated by
Faculty of Science and Technology
Type of course
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 freemovers upon approval of the Department of mathematics and statistics.
Course contents
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.
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.
Admission requirements
Bachelor of science degree in mathematics or physics or equal. Application code is 9371.
Objective 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.
Assessment
One oral exam counting 100 %.
Assessment scale: Letter grades AF.
Resit examination (section 22): There is no access to a resit 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 teachingfree 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.
Recommended reading/syllabus
Syllabus for MAT3213 Climate Dynamics, spring 2019 UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Textbook: Hans Kaper and Hans Engler, Mathematics & Climate, 345 pages, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, 2013, ISBN13: 9781611972603.
Lectures Spring 2019 First attendance: Monday 14th of Jan 12:15, REALF A228 
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