This course treats weather, climate and energy use in a sustainable society. With a basis in physical laws the course addresses questions that a future teacher may get from students, such as:

  • What drives atmospheric motion and weather?
  • How can you determine the temperature of a planet?
  • What is a greenhouse gas and why are only some gases greenhouse gases?  
  • Why is it so difficult to give a simple answer to how much human activities impact our climate?
  • What is a climate model?
  • How is our environment affected by different ways of harvesting energy?
  • How does different types of radiation affect living organisms?

Admittance requirements

Admission to the course requires knowledge equivalent to Classical physics, 30 HECs (FK3014), Mathematics for the Natural Sciences I, 15 HECs (MM2002) Mathematics for the Natural Sciences II, 15 HECs (MM4001), Mathematics II - Analysis, part A, 7.5 HECs (MM5010) Mathematics II - Analysis, part B, 7.5 HECs (MM5011).


Schedule VT20

Course literature

  • En varmare värld – Tredje upplagan, ISBN: 978-91-620-1300-4
    Mer info på Naturvårdsverkets hemsida
  • Bogren: Klimat och väder
  • University Physics with modern Physics, Young & Freedman

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.