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ATM309 Analysis of atmosphere-surface interactions and feedbacks, 5 cr 
Code ATM309  Validity 01.01.2017 -
Name Analysis of atmosphere-surface interactions and feedbacks  Abbreviation Analysis of atm 
Scope5 cr   
TypeAdvanced studies
  GradingGeneral scale 
    Can be taken more than onceno
Unit Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences 

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
    Optional for:
    1. all study tracks

The course is available to students from other degree programmes.


The course is recommended for the second year of master studies.

The course will be given every year as a 2 week field course in October.

Learning outcomes 

The student will learn:

  • using Matlab as analysis tool for complex datasets
  • utilizing long-term atmospheric, meteorological and eco-physiological data from field stations
  • multidisciplinary approach
  • project management
  • collaborative and integrated learning
Completion methods 

The course is given as an intensive field course, and it is required to be present during the course. A group work report is prepared after the course, and it is evaluated and graded.


The student should have at least basic programming skills. Completion of course ATM308 before this course is recommended.


The course involves a few short relevant lectures, with the main emphasis placed on intensive group work and final report written after the course. The topics vary in different years, including:

  • Atmospheric Processes and Feedbacks
  • Atmosphere-Biosphere Interactions
  • Comparison of long time series and intensive field campaign data
  • Topical research questions in climate change

The course always includes an Introduction to SMEAR II measurement station.

Study materials and literature 

The materials, mainly scientific articles, will be delivered during the course.

Activities and teaching methods in support of learning 

Emphasis is in the work done in small groups during the course and preparing the final report in the group after the course.

The total workload of the course is approximately 135 hours.

Assessment practices and criteria 

The final grade is based on the quality of the final report.


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