The main purpose of this course is to understand the evolution of large-scale weather systems through baroclinic instability. The course also gives an introduction to the climate of the Earth and what governs it. You will learn about today's climate, historic climates as well as natural and anthropogenic climate change.

Admittance requirements

Knowledge equivalent to Atmospheric Physics and Chemistry, 30 credits (MO4000).


Schedule VT20

Course literature

  • Holton, J. R. and Hakim: An introduction to dynamic meteorology, 5th edition, International Geophysics Series, Academic Press, 2012, 552 pp. Print Book ISBN: 9780123848666, eBook ISBN: 9780123848673
  • Hartmann, D. L.: Global physical climatology, International Geophysics Series, Academic Press, 1994
  • Wallace, J. M. & Hobbs, P. V.: Atmospheric Science, An Introductory Survey, 2nd edition, Academic Press, 2006

Some extra material can be added in the beginning of the course.

Upcoming courses

Starts during the first half of the spring 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 Athena-site at or ask the responsible lecturer.


Via (Swedish) or (English). For more information see Application and admissions.