Lecture/Reading: Thursday, 14-16

Room: NW1 N3130

Prof. Dr. Gerrit Lohmann / Dr. Silke Thoms / Prof. Dr. Thomas Jung / Prof. Dr. Mihalis Vrekoussis

Module section 2 / Theoretical Basics

Compulsory for MSc Environmental Physics (3 CP, 90 h)

• presence (lecture & example classes): 28 h (2 SWH x 14 weeks)
• preparation, learning + examples: 28h
• preparation for exam: 10h


  1. 21.4. (MV) INTRODUCTION: Earth system model components, definitions, processes.

  2. 28.4. (ST) NUMERICAL APPROXIMATIONS I: Finite differences: Ordinary differential equations (Runge-Kutta etc)

  3. 5.5. (ST) NUMERICAL APPROXIMATIONS II: Finite differences: Partial differential equations (Arakawa Grids etc)

  4. 12.5. (ST) EXAMPLES: waves, diffusion, boundaries

  5. 19.5. (TJ) NUMERICAL APPROXIMATIONS III: Finite Volume and Finite Elements and spectral methods (atmosphere and ocean)

  6. 26.5. Holiday – No lecture

  7. 2.6. (MV) ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY I: Chemistry Transport Models (chemical processes including types of models, box models, grids, coordinates)

  8. 9.6. ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY II: Inverse methods MV/ND

9) Earth system models including DYNAMICAL VEGETATION (GL, 16.6.)

10) CRYOSPHERE (Sea ice, ice sheets, and permafrost) (GL, 23.6.)

11) RANDOM SYSTEMS (Stochastic differential equations, Lattice Gases) (GL, 30.6.)

Lecture, Exercises, and Information

  1. 7.7. (TJ) DATA ASSIMILATION (Kalman filters etc)

  2. 14.7. (TJ) HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMPUTING (scalability, Moore’s law)

  3. 21.7. SUMMARY (GL, MV, ST, TJ)


Code no. 01-01-03-MES-V

Assignment to study programmes: Compulsory for MSc Environmental Physics, Optional compulsory for MSc Physik



13) Exam written on xxx



  • Gershenfeld, N., The nature of mathematical modeling, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2003, 344 pp. link

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