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
May-July 2011, LMU München

PD Dr. habil. Veronika Eyring, DLR - Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, Phone: +49-8153-28-2533
Tutor:         Dr. Mattia Righi, DLR - Institut für Physik der Atmosphäre, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, Phone: +49-8153-28-1813
Class:         May-July 2011, 8:30 am - 10:00 am;  Room  A010

Computer Modelling is a powerful tool in climate sciences. Global three-dimensional models are used to assess and project climate change, including changes in the chemical composition of the atmosphere. It is a challenging task to find the balance between detailed representation of physical and biogeochemical processes and numerical efficiency. The lecture gives an overview of the main components of global climate 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.


            Lecture 1: Introduction to Global Atmospheric Modelling (6 May 2011)
            Lecture 2: Fundamentals: Atmospheric Radiation Budget (13 May 2011)
            Lecture 3:  Daisy World, Fundamentals: Dynamics of the Atmosphere (20 May 2011)
            Lecture 4:  Fundamentals: Chemistry (Aerosols and Tropospheric Chemistry) (27 May 2011)
            Lecture 5: Fundamentals: Stratospheric Chemistry (moved to Tue 7 June 2011, 8:30-10:00  in Room A248)     
            Lecture 6: Twenty Questions and Answers About the Ozone Layer: 2010 Update (10 June 2011)
            Lecture 7: Introduction to NCAR Command Language (NCL) by Dr Mattia Righi  (17 June 2011)
            Lecture 8: Numerical Formulation in Atmospheric Chemistry Models (24 June 2011)
            Lecture 9: Steps in Model Formulation (1 July 2011)
            Lecture 10: International climate modelling activities (8 July 2011)


      Lecture 11: EXAM (15 July 2011)
Lecture 12:
NCL practice (Dr Mattia Righi) (22 July 2011)
Lecture 13:
Summary and Outlook (29 July 2011)

    Final Exam: July 15, 2011

Further Reading:

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

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