This course deals with the vertical structure of the atmosphere and the physical relations that explain it. The starting point is the general gas law and the properties of ideal gases. Transfer between work, internal energy and external heat sources/sinks is investigated with the help of classical physics. Further subjects treated are evaporation, condensation and freezing of water, which largely determine the temperature variations in the atmosphere.

Admittance requirements

Knowledge corresponding to Thermodynamics and statistical physics 7.5 HECs and Mathematical analysis III 7.5 HECs.


MO3003, autumn 2015 (including MO3005 - Fluid dynamics, 3 HEC/ECTS)

Course literature

R Caballero, 2014: Physics of the Atmosphere.

doi:10.1088/978-0-7503-1052-9 Copyright © IOP Publishing Ltd 2014.

Online ISBN: 978-0-7503-1052-9,

Print ISBN: 978-0-7503-1053-6

Upcoming courses

Starts during the first period of the autumn semester.


The syllabus is a formal document for the course:

Course material

Grading criteria, course literature and other material and correspondence related to the course, please see the course Mondo-site at or you can ask the responsible lecturer.


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