701-1216-00L  Numerical Modelling of Weather and Climate

SemesterSpring Semester 2020
LecturersC. Schär, S. Soerland, J. Vergara Temprado
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


701-1216-00 GNumerical Modelling of Weather and Climate
Lecture 13-15 and exercise 15-17 every 14 days
3 hrs
Thu13:15-15:00HG D 3.2 »
Thu/2w15:15-17:00CHN E 46 »
19.03.15:15-17:00CHN E 46 »
C. Schär, S. Soerland, J. Vergara Temprado

Catalogue data

AbstractThe course provides an introduction to weather and climate models. It discusses how these models are built addressing both the dynamical core and the physical parameterizations, and it provides an overview of how these models are used in numerical weather prediction and climate research. As a tutorial, students conduct a term project and build a simple atmospheric model using the language PYTHON.
ObjectiveAt the end of this course, students understand how weather and climate models are formulated from the governing physical principles, and how they are used for climate and weather prediction purposes.
ContentThe course provides an introduction into the following themes: numerical methods (finite differences and spectral methods); adiabatic formulation of atmospheric models (vertical coordinates, hydrostatic approximation); parameterization of physical processes (e.g. clouds, convection, boundary layer, radiation); atmospheric data assimilation and weather prediction; predictability (chaos-theory, ensemble methods); climate models (coupled atmospheric, oceanic and biogeochemical models); climate prediction. Hands-on experience with simple models will be acquired in the tutorials.
Lecture notesSlides and lecture notes will be made available at
LiteratureList of literature will be provided.
Prerequisites / NoticePrerequisites: to follow this course, you need some basic background in atmospheric science, numerical methods (e.g., "Numerische Methoden in der Umweltphysik", 701-0461-00L) as well as experience in programming. Previous experience with PYTHON is useful but not required.

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersC. Schär, S. Soerland, J. Vergara Temprado
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is only offered in the session after the course unit. Repetition only possible after re-enrolling.
Admission requirementThe central element (written tutorial-report) needs to be passed in order to be admitted to the written exam
Mode of examinationwritten 120 minutes
Written aids10 Seiten handschriftliche Zusammenfassung
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