Lectures, exercises and seminars

Summer semester 2021

Course of studies in physics (main focus on Atmospheric Physics)

List of courses (please pay attention to the Corona-Virus related information written in round brackets):

  • Seminar on Atmospheric Physics
  • Atmospheric physics: project planning and control
  • Atmospheric physics: methodological knowledge and presentation of results
  • Atmospheric Modelling (likely takes place as a video lecture)
  • Special topics in atmospheric physics - climate change: from process understanding to prediction (takes place as a video lecture)


Seminar on Atmospheric Physics (Koppmann / Volk)

211PHYEAPV (Seminar, 2 SWS):

  • can be offered via a zoom meeting if required


The aim of the seminar is to train research, preparation and the presentation of current research topics. Learning objectives are the content preparation of presentations, structuring of presentations, presentation techniques, the use of media, design of slides, time management, reaction to questions, etc.

On the one hand topics from the current research (student participants), on the other hand topics of the ongoing master and doctoral theses (master students and doctoral students) are treated. Also final lectures within the framework of bachelor and master theses take place within the framework of the seminar.


Atmospheric physics: Project planning and control (Koppmann / Volk)

211PHYMAPPK1S (Seminar, 2 SWS):

  • more information will be available shortly ...


Atmospheric physics: Methodological knowledge and presentation of results (Koppmann / Volk)

PHYMAPMLS1 (Seminar, 2 SWS):

  • Mon 15:30 - 17:00   D.07.01 / Zoom-Meeting

Duration: April 19, 2021  -  August 06, 2021

Rhythm: Weekly


The seminar is a literature seminar, which is also referred to as the "Journal Club" at other universities and occurs in many variations. The objectives of this seminar are to keep the participants up to date on research, to facilitate the implementation of findings in research everyday life and to promote the ability of critical reading. There is a tremendous (still increasing) amount of literature, and this extensive offer calls for a high level of competence and effective techniques for critically handling this information. The versatility of the seminar and the broad spectrum of treated Magazines relevant to atmospheric research bring a considerable wealth of experience and knowledge to both students and members of the working group.


Special topics in atmospheric physics - Atmospheric Modelling (Plöger)

PHYMAPST3 (Lecture, 4 SWS):

  • Fr 10:15 bis 13:45   D.07.01 / Video-Conference

Duration: April 16, 2021  -  July 23, 2021
Rhythm: Weekly


Atmospheric Modelling

The lecture date is weekly, We will start with a preliminary discussion on
Friday, 16.04.2021, 10:15
Room D07.01, Building D (Seminar-room Atmospheric Physics)

where we can also discuss the date.

The course will be weekly, with 2 SWS lecture + 2 SWS tutorial afterwards.

The lecture will likely be given as a VIDEO-CONFERENCE. Interested people should SEND ME their EMAIL ADRESSES (to f.ploeger@fz-juelich.de), and they will be invited to join the lecture.


In this lecture will deal with the topic of atmospheric modelling. We will start with an overview
about different types of atmospheric models, followed by a short course on the basic structure of the atmosphere and the governing equations for atmospheric dynamics and transport.
As an example for conceptual mathematical models we will first consider lower dimensional models
of the stratospheric Brewer-Dobson circulation (e.g., two-dimensional Transformed Eulerian Mean).
Thereafter, we will discuss different modelling techniques (e.g., Eulerian and Lagrangian modelling frameworks) and different numerical approaches used in atmospheric models. Here, we will consider finite difference, finite volume, spectral and finite element methods and different model grids and vertical coordinate systems used in atmospheric models. A short outline is:

- Introduction: Types of "models''
- Atmospheric structure and model equations for transport and dynamics
- Conceptual lower-dimensional mathematical models (example: stratospheric Brewer-Dobson circulation)
- Numerical models
- Numerical approaches for atmospheric models
- Numerical methods for advection


G. Brasseur and D. Jacob, "Modeling of Atmospheric Chemistry", Cambridge University Press, 2017.

J. Holton, "An Introduction to Dynamic Meteorology", Elsevier Academic Press, 2004.

Certificate of achievement:   

Master - Physics: Oral Exam, 3 credit points (as Module APST 1, 2 or 3)

Master - CSiS: Oral Exam, 3 credit points (as Module Atmospheric Physics 1: Selected Topics)

Target group:    

Master students in Physics and Ph.D. students in atmospheric physics

Master students in Computer Simulation in Science (CSiS)


Special topics in atmospheric physics - climate change: from process understanding to prediction (Müller / Riese)

PHYMAPST3V (Lecture, 2 SWS):

  • Wed 13:00 bis 15:00 /  Video-Conference

Duration: April 14, 2021  -  July 21, 2021
Rhythm: Weekly


Lecture will be held via video-conference.  If interested, please contact Prof. Martin Riese (m.riese@fz.juelich.de) until April 12 via Email.