Numerical Modelling of Weather and Climate
The guiding principle of this lecture is that students can understand how weather and climate models are formulated from the governing physical principles and how they are used for climate and weather prediction.
Basic information about this course:
This course consists of 2 contact hours per week plus a total of 10 tutorial hours during the semester. It is taught by Linda Schlemmer and Ulrike Lohmann on Thursday 13:15-15:00 in CHN E46, starting on February 23, 2017.
|23.02.17||Introduction | Slides Slides (Linda Schlemmer)|
|02.03.17||Repetition Numerical Methods | Slides | Notes (Linda Schlemmer)|
|09.03.17||Adiabatic model formulation: Shallow water system | Slides | Notes (Linda Schlemmer)|
|16.03.17||Adiabatic model formulation: Vertical coordinates | Slides (Linda Schlemmer)|
|23.03.17||Adiabatic model formulation: Horizontal discretization | Slides (Linda Schlemmer)|
|30.03.17||Introduction into parameterizations and parameterization of the planetary boundary layer | Slides (Linda Schlemmer)|
|06.04.17||Parameterization of convection | Slides (Ulrike Lohmann)|
|13.04.17||Parameterization of large-scale clouds | Slides (Ulrike Lohmann)|
|20.04.17||Easter break (no class)|
|27.04.17||Parameterization of radiation | Slides (Ulrike Lohmann)|
|04.05.17||Data assimilation | Slides (Linda Schlemmer)|
|11.05.17||Predictability and ensemble prediction | Slides (Linda Schlemmer)|
|18.05.17||Earth System Models | Slides (Ulrike Lohmann)|
|25.05.17||Ascension Day (no class)
|01.06.17||Climate model projections | Slides (Ulrike Lohmann)|
During the tutorial you will learn how to implement and run a 2D isentropic model to simulate a flow over a mountain ridge. At the end of the course, you are asked to submit a report which will be evaluated and contribute to your final course mark.
The numerical model is written in MATLAB.
A new version of the model written in Python was tested during the last two years and is also available. Please, contact Davide Panosetti if you would like to try it. This way the tutors can provide you with more information and support if needed (updates, bugfixes).
The final mark will be based on a written exam at the end of the course. The report from the tutorial will contribute to the final score with a bonus up to half a grade. Students need to obtain at least Mark 4 (66% of the total number of points) to get the 4 credit points. Further information is provided in the outline above. Here are some sample exam questions.
- IPCC AR5 WG1 report. Climate Change 2013: The Physical Science Basis (released October 2013)
- IPCC AR5 WG2 report. Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability (released March 2014)
- Article about Lewis F. Richardson: NZZ Folio, by Reto U. Schneider (March 2014, in German)