AGF-850 The Arctic Atmospheric Boundary Layer and Local Climate Processes (10 ECTS)

Weather balloon in dark season

How to apply

ID:
AGF-850
CREDITS:
10 ECTS
START DATE:
February 2020
END DATE:
March 2020
COURSE PERIOD:
Spring semester (February–March), every second year. Next course: 2020
LANGUAGE OF INSTRUCTION AND EXAMINATION:
English
CREDIT REDUCTION/OVERLAP:
10 ECTS with AGF-350
GRADE:
Letter grade (A through F)
COURSE MATERIAL:
Book chapters, articles, compendia; ca. 360 pages
COURSE COSTS:
Fieldwork, NOK 600–1200 (3–6 days x NOK 200 per overnight stay)
COURSE CAPACITY MIN/MAX:
10/20 students (AGF-350/850 in total)
EXAMINATION SUPPORT MATERIAL:
Bilingual dictionary between English and mother tongue
APPLICATION DEADLINE:
15 October 2019

INSTRUCTORS:

Marius Jonassen. Photo: UNIS
Marius Jonassen
Associate professor in meteorology

Course requirements:

Enrolment in a relevant PhD programme. Students should have general knowledge about meteorology, like AGF-213 The Polar Meteorology and Climate or similar.

Academic content:

Weather forecasts in the Arctic are often unreliable, and the global climate models show a large uncertainty in scenarios. One of the reasons is that processes in the Arctic atmospheric boundary layer often are poorly implemented in these kinds of models. The course covers themes relevant for the Arctic atmospheric boundary layer including theory of the boundary layer with special emphasis on the stable boundary layer.

Amongst the covered topics are also boundary layer turbulence and topographically induced phenomena such as drainage flow, channelling effects and barrier flows. Air-sea-ice interactions are central to the Arctic climate and will be covered and related to e.g. heat fluxes over leads and polynyas. The course will also include lessons on measurement techniques, numerical modelling and data analysis relevant for the mentioned topics.

Learning outcomes:

Knowledge
Upon completing the course, the students will:

  • Have an advanced knowledge of terminology, theories and observational techniques covering physical processes and phenomena typical of the Arctic atmospheric boundary layer.
  • Have the ability to describe and identify the challenges of taking meteorological measurements and applying numerical models in the Arctic and knowledge of how the Arctic boundary layer differs from that at lower latitudes.

Skills
Upon completing the course, the students will:

  • Have the ability to measure and analyse atmospheric data from the Arctic atmospheric boundary layer and be able to communicate these data by written and oral means.

General competences
Upon completing the course, the students will:

  • Based on the knowledge and skills obtained during the course, be able to discuss and evaluate data from phenomena typical for the Arctic atmospheric boundary layer.

Learning activities:

The course extends over 5 weeks including compulsory safety training, and is run in combination with AGF-350.

The course is centred on the following types of learning activities:

Classroom lectures covering background theory and concepts related to phenomena that are typical for the Arctic boundary layer.

  1. Computer exercises relevant and instructive for understanding the themes and phenomena introduced in the classroom lectures.
  2. Seminars covering the observational and numerical tools that will be used during the course. These seminars will include hands-on experience with the instruments and an introduction to data analysis of the datasets from the observations and numerical simulations performed during the course.
  3. Fieldwork addressing a selection of the phenomena introduced in points 1) and 2) using the instrumentation introduced in point 3). With guidance from the lecturers, the students will take an active part in both the planning and the execution of the fieldwork.
  4. Presentations by the students after each day of fieldwork covering preliminary results and a final presentation by the students of reports that will be written in groups.

Total lecture hours: 35 hours.
Total seminar hours: 10 hours.
Fieldwork and computer exercises: 1 week.

Compulsory learning activities:

Fieldwork. Field report of a quality suitable for submission to a scientific journal. Oral presentation of field report. Computer exercises and presentation of a scientific article.
All compulsory learning activities must be approved in order to sit the exam.

Assessment:

Method
Percentage of final grade
Written report 25%
Oral exam 75%

All assessments must be passed in order to pass the course.
Each assessment is graded, and subsequently combined into a single grade. Partial grades for each assessment will be available.

 

Application deadline: 15 October 2019

Weather instrument on model plane in dark season

AGF-350/850 fieldwork in February. Photo: Marius Jonassen/UNIS.

Weather ballon in dark season

AGF-350/850 fieldwork in February. Photo: Marius Jonassen/UNIS.

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