701-1235-00L  Cloud Microphysics

SemesterAutumn Semester 2023
LecturersZ. A. Kanji, J. Chen
Periodicityevery semester recurring course
Language of instructionEnglish
CommentThe lecture takes place if a minimum of 7 students register for it.

Priority is given to PhD students majoring in Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, and remaining open spaces will be offered to the following groups:
- Msc in Atmospheric and Climate Science
- MSc in Environmental Sciences
- Fachstudent, University of Bern / MSc in Climate Sciences, University of Bern
- Mobility-Students: Earth and Climate Sciences
- Mobility-Students: Environmental Sciences

All participants will be on the waiting list at first. All students will be informed on September 18th,2023, if they can participate in the lecture. Students still on the waiting list on September 18, are nonetheless encouraged to come to the introductory lecture on September 19. If more spaces become available later in the week due to drop outs, waitlisted students will be accepted into the course.


701-1235-00 VCloud Microphysics2 hrs
Tue10:15-12:00CHN D 29 »
Z. A. Kanji, J. Chen
701-1235-00 UCloud Microphysics1 hrs
Tue12:15-13:00CHN D 29 »
Z. A. Kanji, J. Chen

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 10 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
ExaminersZ. A. Kanji, J. Chen
Typesession examination
Language of examinationEnglish
RepetitionThe performance assessment is offered every session. Repetition possible without re-enrolling for the course unit.
Mode of examinationoral 30 minutes
Additional information on mode of examinationThe final grade will be based on the oral exam for which a bonus of up to 1/4 grade can be obtained from the assignments. Handing in of the approximately 9 assignments is not mandatory. Students need an average mark of 80% on the assignments (excluding the lowest score) in order to achieve the bonus.
This information can be updated until the beginning of the semester; information on the examination timetable is binding.

Learning materials

Main linkInformation
Literature``Physics and chemistry of clouds'' by D.Lamb and J.Verlinde, Cambridge Univ. Press, 2011
Only public learning materials are listed.


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)
Earth and Climate Sciences (Mobility) (674000)
Environmental Sciences MSc (736000)
Doctorate Environmental Sciences (739002)
Environmental Sciences (Mobility) (749000)
Waiting listuntil 29.09.2023
End of registration periodRegistration only possible until 25.09.2023

Offered in

Doctorate Environmental SciencesAtmosphere and ClimateWInformation
Environmental Sciences MasterClimate Processes and FeedbacksWInformation