701-1257-00L  European Climate Change

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersC. Schär, J. Rajczak, S. C. Scherrer
Periodicityyearly recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish


701-1257-00 GEuropean Climate Change2 hrs
Mon10:15-12:00LFO C 13 »
C. Schär, J. Rajczak, S. C. Scherrer

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AbstractThe lecture provides an overview of climate change in Europe, from a physical and atmospheric science perspective. It covers the following topics:
• observational datasets, observation and detection of climate change;
• underlying physical processes and feedbacks;
• numerical and statistical approaches;
• currently available projections.
ObjectiveAt the end of this course, participants should:
• understand the key physical processes shaping climate change in Europe;
• know about the methodologies used in climate change studies, encompassing observational, numerical, as well as statistical approaches;
• be familiar with relevant observational and modeling data sets;
• be able to tackle simple climate change questions using available data sets.
• global context
• observational data sets, analysis of climate trends and climate variability in Europe
• global and regional climate modeling
• statistical downscaling
• key aspects of European climate change: intensification of the water cycle, Polar and Mediterranean amplification, changes in extreme events, changes in hydrology and snow cover, topographic effects
• projections of European and Alpine climate change
Lecture notesSlides and lecture notes will be made available at
Prerequisites / NoticeParticipants should have a background in natural sciences, and have attended introductory lectures in atmospheric sciences or meteorology.

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ECTS credits3 credits
ExaminersC. Schär, J. Rajczak, S. C. Scherrer
Typegraded semester performance
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionRepetition only possible after re-enrolling for the course unit.

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Physics MasterGeneral ElectivesWInformation
Science, Technology, and Policy MasterResources and EnvironmentWInformation
Environmental Sciences MasterClimate Processes and FeedbacksWInformation