Atmospheric processes

Om kursen

The aim of the course is to provide an understanding of the processes that determine
the structure and composition of the atmosphere, including dynamical processes and

  • Describe the structure of the atmosphere from the ground to 120 km altitude and indicate the physical reasons for this structure
  • Describe and compute the effect of the absorption of photons in the atmosphere for given conditions.
  • Estimate wind directions and strengths given relevant maps of pressure or geopotential height
  • Describe the most important chemical processes occurring in the stratosphere

The course includes:
  • Basic introduction to atmospheric structure and composition
  • Atmospheric dynamics
  • Radiative processes in the atmosphere including the effects of photon absorption both on structure and composition
  • Techniques for computation of radiative processes
  • Atmospheric chemistry using stratospheric ozone as the prime example
  • Discussion of the effects of anthropogenic change on the atmosphere.


Atmospheric Science -An introductory survey, J. M. Wallace and P. V. Hobbs Academic Press.


Michael Kahnert