Priv.-Doz. Dr. habil. Veronika Eyring

Deutsches Zentrum fuer Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
DLR-Institut fuer Physik der Atmosphaere 
Oberpfaffenhofen, D-82234 Wessling, Germany 
Phone:    +49-8153-28-2533 
Fax.:       +49-8153-28-1841 
email: Veronika Eyring

An Introduction to Global Atmospheric Modelling
Block Lecture, August 16-27, 2004, University of Bremen 

Lecturer:    Veronika Eyring, DLR - Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, Phone: +49-8153-28-2533
E-mail:        Veronika Eyring
Class:         August 16-27, 2004, 9:00 am - 10:30 am;  1:00 pm - 2:30 pm, Room S3032

Computer Modelling is a powerful tool in atmospheric sciences. Global three-dimensional models are used to assess the anthropogenic impact on the chemical composition of the atmosphere and on climate. It is a challenging task to find the balance between detailed representation of physical and chemical processes and numerical efficiency. The lecture gives an overview of the main components of global models and explains the underlying basics and the numerical formulation of the fundamental equations. Different types of atmospheric models are introduced, while the focus is on state-of-the-art three-dimensional global circulation models (GCMs) and coupled chemistry-climate models (CCMs). In addition, selected areas of current research activities are presented. The lecture closes with most recent examples on applications of CCMs and an outlook on Earth System Models. The lecture will be accompanied by problem solving.

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Syllabus:   Lecture 1: Introduction to Global Atmospheric Modelling
                  Lecture 2:  Types of Atmospheric and Climate Models
                  Lecture 3:  Energy Balance Models 
                  Lecture 4: 1D Radiative-Convective Models
                  Lecture 5: General Circulation Models (GCMs)
                  Lecture 6: Atmospheric Radiation Budget
                  Lecture 7: Dynamics of the Atmosphere 
                  Lecture 8:  Parametrizations of Subgrid-Scale Physical Processes
                  Lecture 9: Chemistry of the Atmosphere 
                  Lecture 10: Basic Methods of Solving Model Equations
                  Lecture 11: Coupled Chemistry-Climate Models (CCMs)
                  Lecture 12: Applications of CCMs: Recent developments of atmospheric dynamics and chemistry
                  Lecture 13: Applications of CCMs: Future Polar Ozone
                  Lecture 14: Applications of CCMs: Impact of Transport Emissions
                  Lecture 15: Towards an Earth System Model

Final Exam: August 27, 2004

Further Reading:

1. A Climate Modelling Primer by A. Henderson-Sellers and K. McGuffie
2. Atmospheric Change by Graedel & Crutzen 
3. Fundamentals of Atmospheric Modeling by Mark Z. Jacobson
4. Physically-Based Modelling and Simulation of Climate and Climatic Change, Part 1, edited by M. Schlesinger
5. Introduction to Three Dimensional Climate Modelling by Washington and Parkinson

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