Earth System Modelling
This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.
ED110011 is a semester module in English language at Master’s level which is offered in summer semester.
This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.
- Catalogue of non-physics elective courses
|Total workload||Contact hours||Credits (ECTS)|
|150 h||75 h||5 CP|
Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions
- Introduction to the possibilities and limitations in applying models that integrate the different Earth system components (atmosphere, oceans, biosphere, and cryosphere) to study the importance and role of these components in the past, present, and future of climate, including in the context of anthropogenic climate change.
- Introduce modeling of geophysical, biogeochemical, and atmospheric processes and their interactions in the Earth system;
- Use of observational data to validate Earth system modeling and its components;
- Nonlinear components of the Earth system and their interrelationship.
- Development of simple climate and Earth system models.
- grasp the mathematical basics of Earth system modeling, as well as the relevant basic physical equations.
- Demonstrate insight into the availability and use of measured data to validate model simulations;
- apply numerical modeling methods and characterize them in terms of accuracy, stability, etc;
- demonstrate understanding of the fundamental concepts of Earth system modeling, from simple energy-balance models to comprehensive three-dimensional Earth system models that physically couple atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, and terrestrial biosphere;
- Understand and apply concepts of model sensitivity, feedbacks, equilibria, and nonlinear and abrupt behavior;
- select appropriate Earth system models to address specific research questions.
Knowledge in python or a similar language is necessary.
Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature
Courses and Schedule
|VO||3||Earth System Modelling - Lecture||Boers, N.||
Thu, 10:00–13:00, virtuell
Learning and Teaching Methods
The course will also be held in digital form.
In the exercises, practice examples on selected topics are dealt with. Here, the focus is on working through problems and finding solutions, partly in partner and group work, in order to deepen the theoretical foundations taught in the lecture by means of practical tasks and thus to impart the skills of independent analysis and evaluation of Earth system models and their results. For the practical applications and exercises mainly Python is used.
- Powerpoint presentations in electronic form
- Lecture notes
Description of exams and course work
The midterm reports offer the opportunity to practice the application of Earth system modelling based on practical applications and thus to foster the competences in the application, assessment and interpretation of methods and results. By means of the midterm reports, which are to be performed during the semester in the context of the labs, the final grading of the oral exam can be improved by up to 0,3. If a minimum of 50% of these midterm reports are achieved, they are accepted as midterm and are introduced into the final grading. A degradation of the grade is not possible.
There is a possibility to take the exam in the following semester.