701-1235-00L  Cloud Microphysics

SemesterAutumn Semester 2021
LecturersU. Lohmann, N. Shardt
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentNumber of participants limited to 16.

Priority is given to PhD students majoring in Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, and remaining open spaces will be offered to the following groups:
- PhD student Environmental sciences
- MSc in Atmospheric and climate science
- MSc in Environmental sciences

All participants will be on the waiting list at first. Enrollment is possible until September 22nd, 2021. The waiting list is active until October 1st, 2021. All students will be informed on September 16th, if they can participate in the lecture.
The lecture takes place if a minimum of 5 students register for it.


701-1235-00 VCloud Microphysics2 hrs
Tue10:15-12:00CHN G 22 »
U. Lohmann, N. Shardt
701-1235-00 UCloud Microphysics1 hrs
Tue12:15-13:00CHN G 22 »
U. Lohmann, N. Shardt

Catalogue data

AbstractClouds are a fascinating atmospheric phenomenon central to the hydrological cycle and the Earth`s climate. Interactions between cloud particles can result in precipitation, glaciation or evaporation of the cloud depending on its microstructure and microphysical processes.
ObjectiveThe learning objective of this course is that students understand the formation of clouds and precipitation and can apply learned principles to interpret atmospheric observations of clouds and precipitation.
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Lecture notesThis course will be designed as a reading course in 1-2 small groups of 8 students maximum. It will be based on the textbook below. The students are expected to read chapters of this textbook prior to the class so that open issues, fascinating and/or difficult aspects can be discussed in depth.
LiteratureLamb and Verlinde: PHYSICS AND CHEMISTRY OF CLOUDS, Cambridge University Press, 2011
Prerequisites / NoticeTarget group: Doctoral and Master students in Atmosphere and Climate
Subject-specific CompetenciesConcepts and Theoriesassessed
Method-specific CompetenciesAnalytical Competenciesassessed
Social CompetenciesCommunicationassessed
Personal CompetenciesCritical Thinkingassessed
Self-direction and Self-management assessed

Performance assessment

Performance assessment information (valid until the course unit is held again)
Performance assessment as a semester course
ECTS credits4 credits
ExaminersU. Lohmann, N. Shardt
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Admission requirementCompulsory continuous performance assessment (pass/fail): presentation of one assignment exercise in the tutorial.
Mode of examinationoral 30 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationMarks will be based on the oral session exam for which a bonus of up to 1/4 a grade can be obtained from the assignments.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

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No information on groups available.


PlacesLimited number of places. Special selection procedure.
PriorityRegistration for the course unit is only possible for the primary target group
Primary target groupAtmospheric and Climate Science MSc (661000)
Environmental Sciences MSc (736000)
Doctorate Environmental Sciences (739002)
Waiting listuntil 01.10.2021
End of registration periodRegistration only possible until 19.09.2021

Offered in

Atmospheric and Climate Science MasterClimate Processes and FeedbacksWInformation
Atmospheric and Climate Science MasterAtmospheric Composition and CyclesWInformation
Doctoral Department of Environmental SciencesAtmosphere and ClimateWInformation
Environmental Sciences MasterAtmospheric Composition and CyclesWInformation
Environmental Sciences MasterClimate Processes and FeedbacksWInformation