Climate Modelling


Course Objective

The objective of this course is to provide an overview of numerical
climate models and their applications, with a focus on Earth Science

Course Content

Geological archives show convincingly that the climate system
experiences variability on a wide range of time-scales. For Quaternary
studies, climate variations at the following time-scales are most
important: glacials-interglacials, millennia and centuries-decades. This
course focuses at the mechanisms behind these variations, thereby using
climate models as a tool, i.e. numerical computer models in which the
dynamics of the climate system are calculated. The combination of these
models and geological data will be treated extensively. The course
consists of lectures giving an overview of climate models and their
application (different types for different time-scales), computer
practicals and discussion meetings, in which students discuss the recent
literature in detail. In this way the course considers case studies for
the different time-scales and deals with recent developments in climate
modelling. The following two questions are central to the course: 1)
What is the driving mechanism behind climate change at a particular
time-scale? 2)
How can we optimise the combination of climate models and geological
data in order to increase our understanding of climate evolution?

Teaching Methods

Lectures, discussion meetings and computer exercises.

Method of Assessment

Compulsory participation in discussion meetings, computer exercises,
oral presentation and written exam.


Text book:
Goosse, H. (2015) Climate System Dynamics and Modelling. Cambridge
University Press, 358 p., ISBN 978-1-107-44583-3

Lecture notes and selected papers (made available through Canvas).

Additional Information

The course is open for participation to students from alternative M.Sc.
programmes at the VU University Amsterdam, or from other universities.
If you are a professional and wish to attend this course you can also
participate on a contract basis. In both cases please do contact the
course coordinator to find out if you fulfill the background knowledge
requirements and for enrollment procedures.

General Information

Course Code AM_450004
Credits 6 EC
Period P3
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. D.M.V.A.P. Roche
Examiner dr. D.M.V.A.P. Roche
Teaching Staff dr. D.M.V.A.P. Roche
prof. dr. A.J. Dolman

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Computer lab
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