Mesoscale phenomena are of larger extent than those in the boundary layer and smaller than those of the dominating weather systems. Examples are land- and sea-breeze and lee waves. The course presents theories for these phenomena, relating them to both the large scale weather and to local conditions such as coast lines and local terrain. You will devote a large part of the course to simulating mesoscale phenomena with a numerical model.

Admittance requirements

Knowledge corresponding to Climate and Atmospheric Circulation, 15 HECs (MO4001), Turbulent Boundary Layers in the Atmosphere and Ocean, 7.5 HECs (MO8010), and Geophysical Fluid Dynamics, 7.5 HECs (MO8009). Also required is knowledge equivalent to Swedish upper secondary school course English B/6.


The schedule will be published at least one month before the course starts.

Schedule HT19

Course literature

  • Markowski, P. & Richardson, Y.: Mesoscale Meteorology in Midlatitudes, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010
  • Holton, J. R.: An introduction to dynamic meteorology, 4th edition. International Geophysics Series, Academic Press, 2004
  • Ray, P. S. (editor): Mesoscale Meteorology and Forecasting, American Meteorology Society, 1986
  • Blumen, W.: Atmospheric Processes over Complex Terrain, American Meteorology Society, 1990 


The syllabus is a formal document for the course:

Course material

Grading criteria, course literature and other material and correspondence related to the course will be available on the course Athena-site at or you can ask the responsible lecturer.

Upcoming courses

Starts during the second half of the autumn semester.


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