Climate Systems


Course Objective

Quantitative approaches are more and more important to mechanistically
understand the processes leading to and resulting from Climate Change.
To gain basic knowledge of modern climate systems as a prerequisite for
studying the climate of the present and the past.

At the end of the course students will:
- know the basic parameters and properties of atmospheric and ocean
- understand the formation and circulation of air and water masses;
- be able to critically evaluate and present scientific literature of
the Earth’s system and the interaction of its spheres.

Course Content

In its first part the course gives an introduction of modern atmospheric
and oceanic processes which form the basis for the reconstruction of the
climate of the past. Next to important basic parameters and processes
the main circulation patterns will be discussed together with the
implications for the global climate. During the second part of the
course topics will be selected where the students will apply the gained
knowledge to climate processes affecting the cryo-, bio-, geo-, and the

Teaching Methods

Lectures and workshops, literature reading, oral and written
presentations by the students and discussing the results and quality of
the presentation

Method of Assessment

Written exam after week 2 about the basics (50% of the grade)
oral and written presentation of a topic (second part of the course, 50%
of the grade)

Entry Requirements

Some basic knowledge of the climate system, interest in climate change


Lecture notes (powerpoints of the presentations by the teacher),
selected papers and Ruddiman, W.F., 2013. Earth's Climate: past and
future.W.H. Freeman and Company New York.

Target Audience

Students from the geo and environmental study areas

Custom Course Registration

Subscription via canvas

General Information

Course Code AM_1124
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. G.M. Ganssen
Examiner dr. G.M. Ganssen
Teaching Staff dr. D.M.V.A.P. Roche
dr. G.M. Ganssen

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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