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
http://www.pa.op.dlr.de/~VeronikaEyring/


 
 
An Introduction to Global Atmospheric Modelling
April-July 2012, LMU München


Lecturer:   
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 2012, 8:30 am - 10:00 am;  Room  A248

Abstract:  
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.

Syllabus:  

Lecture 1 (27 April): Introduction to Global Atmospheric Modelling        
Lecture 2 (04 May): Physical Climate Models & Fundamentals Atmospheric Radiation 
Lecture 3 (11 May): Fundamentals: Chemistry
Lecture 4 (18 May): Numerical Formulation in CCMs & Steps in Model Formulation
Lecture 5 (25 May): Introduction into NCAR Command Language (NCL)
Lecture 6 (1 June): NCL practice (Dr Mattia Righi) Doppelstunde
Lecture 7 (8 June):  moved to 1 June

Lecture 8 (15 June): International climate modelling activities: Part 1
Lecture 9 (22 June): IPCC AR 4 Frequently Asked Questions
Lecture 10 (29 June): Aerosols
Lecture 11 (6 July): EXAM
Lecture 12 (13 July): Summary
Lecture 13 (20 July): Climate Model Evaluation

    Final Exam: July 6, 2012

Additional Material:
Lecture: Fundamentals in Dynamics

Further Reading:

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


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