Netherlands, Utrecht (Utrecht City Campus)

Physics of the Climate System

when 18 August 2014 - 29 August 2014
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 ECTS
fee EUR 835

Physics of the Climate System addresses how the laws of physics affect our climate. The Summer Course focuses on the following topics: the interaction of radiation with atmospheric constituents, the circulation in the atmosphere, and the circulation in the oceans. We consider Planet Earth as a rotating sphere, which is covered by oceans and the atmosphere with the continents forming a physical barrier. The Earth receives energy through solar radiation. However, the energy is not evenly distributed. Areas close to the equator receive more energy than areas close to the poles. Clouds or ice surfaces reflect sunlight, whereas air above dark land heats up quickly. This uneven distribution of energy sets fluids (like atmosphere and oceans) in motion and determines our climate.

Course leader

Dr. R. Holzinger

Target group

Advanced bachelors / beginning masters with a strong background in physics and mathematics as well as proficiency in English. Applicants go through a selection procedure.
Maximum number of participants: 20

Course aim

Obtaining insight into the fundamental processes that drive the climate system

Credits info

Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 835: Course + course materials + housing

EUR 500: Course + course materials


Scholarships are intended for talented students with limited financial resources. There are scholarships in the form of (partial) fee waivers and/or accommodation.

There are no travel grants.

If you seek financial support you should state your requ

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