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FYS-2018 Global climate change - 10 stp

The course is administrated by

Faculty of Science and Technology

Type of course

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

Course contents

The course gives a general introduction to the physical causes of climate change. The course discusses climate changes in the past, the current climate change, and the predictions for the coming century. It also discusses impacts on society of global warming. Simple radiative-balance models of the climate system are introduced, and the concept of radiative forcing and the role of the greenhouse effect are discussed. The course provides an introduction to climate models and discusses their strengths and weaknesses as well as the uncertainty of their predictions of future climate change. The course also gives an introduction to fluid dynamics of the atmosphere and oceans. The course introduces the Navier-Stokes equations, the hydrostatic and geostrophic approximations, and concepts of dry and moist-static stability. Based on this knowledge, the course provides an overview of the general circulation of the atmosphere and oceans.

Admission requirements

Admission requirements are generell studiekompetanse + REALFA.

Local admission, application code 9336 - enkeltemner i realfag.  

Objective of the course

Knowledge - The student can:


Skills - The student can:


General expertise - The student can:

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: 48 hours Project work and supervision: 24 hours


Portfolio assessment:

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.

Date for examination

One written exam 04.06.2020

The date for the exam can be changed. The final date will be announced at your faculty early in May and early in November.

Lectures Spring 2020
Lectures f.aman. Eirik Mikal Samuelsen
Tore Hattermann
uni.lekt. Sindre Markus Fritzner
prof. Kim Johan Holmén
Exercise, gr 1 f.aman. Eirik Mikal Samuelsen
Tore Hattermann
prof. Kim Johan Holmén
stip. Tuomas Ilkka Henrikki Heiskanen
Computer lab group 1 f.aman. Eirik Mikal Samuelsen
Tore Hattermann
prof. Kim Johan Holmén
Computer lab group 2 f.aman. Eirik Mikal Samuelsen
Tore Hattermann
prof. Kim Johan Holmén