Priv.-Doz. Dr. habil. Veronika Eyring

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)
Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre (IPA)
Oberpfaffenhofen, 82234 Wessling, Germany 
Phone:    +49-8153-28-2533 
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An Introduction to Global Atmospheric Modelling
Block Lecture, 3-10 August 2009, University of Bremen 

Veronika Eyring
                      DLR - Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany
                      Phone: +49-8153-28-2533
Tutor:            Iryna G. Khlystova, Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen, Germany
                      Phone +49 (0) 421 218 - 44 75

         Veronika Eyring
Class:            3-7 August 2009, 9:00 - 10:30; 11:00 - 12:30; 14:00-15:30, Room S3032

Final Exam (oral):
  Monday, 10 August 2009; 3 ECTS

Part 2 of the lecture will be held as a 1 week block lecture in the winter term 2009/10.

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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Lecture 1:    Introduction to Global Atmospheric Modelling    
Lecture 2:    Types of Atmospheric and Climate Models            
Lecture 3:    Energy Balance Models                     
Lecture 4:    Daisy World and 1D Radiative-Convective Models
Lecture 5:    Fundamentals: Atmospheric Radiation Budget         
Lecture 6:    Fundamentals: Dynamics of the Atmosphere          
Lecture 7:    Fundamentals: Chemistry of the Atmosphere              
Lecture 8:    Satellite Observations
Lecture 9:    General Circulation Models (GCMs)            
Lecture 10:  Coupled Chemistry-Climate Models (CCMs)        
Lecture 11:  Summary         

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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