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Computational Science: Introduction to Modelling of Climate System, 7.5 ECTS credits

Mathematical modelling is an essential tool within earth system sciences to understand processes and test hypotheses. For example, hypotheses related to ongoing climate changes are tested with models, and the estimated impacts of future global warming are based on model scenarios. On longer timescales, the complex dynamics of climate changes during the last glacial cycle have been reproduced in climate models, adding to our understanding of the natural variability of the climate system. In this course you will learn how earth system models work, how they are constructed, how to handle large amounts of data, and how to analyse complex systems.

In the first half of the course different components of contemporary climate models (ocean/land/atmosphere) and interactions between them are introduced and discussed. This includes handling of typical data formats associated with climate models and the analysis of model output with varying resolution and/or complexity. The second half of the course focuses on applications in palaeoclimate reconstructions and impact models as well as the use of ensembles to assess model uncertainties. This includes an individual project where you solve tasks using programming. There will be exercises in the use of simplified climate models and analysis tools as well as information retrieval, and you will do oral and written presentations.

This course covers the basics of how to become a confident model user, how to understand the strengths and limitations of modelling. You will also learn how to carry out the necessary analysis of data for interpretation of model outputs and for comparison with observations and more long-term time series from geological archives.

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General information

This course is an elective course in the second cycle for a degree of Master of Science in Computational Science and for a degree of Master of Science in Applied Computational Science. The course is compulsory for a degree in these programs with a specialisation towards geoscience, geology, and physical geography.


Period: Autumn semester, second part (HT2), half time studies
Admission requirements:  For admission to the course 90 credits in natural science or engineering, including knowledge equivalent to BERN01, Modelling in Computational Science, 7.5 credits and English 6/B are required.

Application - Non-exchange students
Application - Exchange students

Student Counsellor

Karl Ljung
studievagledare [at] geol [dot] lu [dot] se (studievagledare[at]geol[dot]lu[dot]se)


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Course schedule - Note that schedules are only preliminary until one month before course start.
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