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ATM301 Atmospheric and Earth Sciences Today, 5 cr 
Code ATM301  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Atmospheric and Earth Sciences Today  Abbreviation Atmospheric and 
Scope5 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
TypeCourse   
  GradingGeneral scale 
  no
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences 

Description
Target group 

Master’s Programme in Atmospheric Sciences is responsible for the course.

Module where the course belongs to:

  • ATM300 Advanced Studies in Atmospheric Sciences
    Compulsory for:
    1. all study tracks

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.

 
Timing 

Early phase of the studies.

Course will be lectured every year in the I period.

 
Learning outcomes 
  • Know the content of ATM-MP and basics of the structure and composition of the atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere and anthroposphere
  • Basics of the general circulation in oceans and atmosphere
  • Understanding the basics of energy and matter cycles including water, carbon and nitrogen in the Earth system
  • Understanding the complexity of the earth system and interactions between the different Earth spheres
  • Understanding the observational scales and the methodological tools used in observing the Earth System
  • Basic understanding of the modelling tools and their different scales, and the different model components (parameterisations, land surface models,...), and uncertainties and limitations related to these
  • Learning basic study skills such as use of open data, literature search, critical reading
 
Completion methods 

The course is offered as contact teaching. It consists of lectures, exercises, group work and its presentation, and includes a short field visit to Hyytiälä Forest Field station (two days).

The lectures are not mandatory but the student needs to finalize 75% of the exercises in order to pass the course. Group work and its presentation are mandatory similarly to the visit.

 
Prerequisites 

Bachelor degree in some relevant field.

 
Contents 
  • Introduction of basic concept of the course and ATM-MP study tracks. Structure and composition of the atmosphere and basics of biosphere, hydrosphere and anthroposphere?
  • General circulation of the atmosphere and ocean
  • Energy and mass cycles (water, carbon, nitrogen)
  • Feedback mechanisms of the planet and atmopshere (albedo, pollution, temperature, nitrogen, transpiration, VOC, pests or disturbances, land use changes)
  • Measurement techniques (in-situ, remote sensing) and their different observational scales
  • Earth System Modelling
  • Information retrieval, literature search, guiding in reference, source cristism, use of open data
 
Study materials and literature 

Material consists of the lecture notes and supporting literature will be given on the first lecture.

 
Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 

Visit to SMEAR III field station, group work to deepen the understanding of ATM-MP.

 
Assessment practices and criteria 

The group work and its presentation covers 50% of the grade, other 50% is covered by the exercises.

 


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