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We teach a broad set of courses, both at the bachelor and the master level. Our aim is to engage the students in the topics of our classes to the maximum extent possible, thereby creating a lively atmosphere that is conducive to learning.

Course descriptions

Bachelor level:

Systems Analysis (Mathematik III: Systemanalyse) (in German)

The objective of the systems analysis course is to apply the knowlege gained in the mathematics I and II courses to a series of concrete problems in order to deepen the understanding of the key concepts of differential equations and linear algebra. Topics covered include linear and non-linear models and continuous models in space and time. Link to subpage

Introduction to Physical Oceanography

This course provides an introduction to flow and transport phenomena in natural stratified fluids. The focus is on the ocean, its large-scale circulation and its role in the global climate system. Link to subpage.

Physics Lab (Praktikum Physik) (in German)

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Master level:

Global Biogeochemical Cycles & Climate

The human-induced emissions of carbon dioxide has led to atmospheric CO2 concentrations that Earth likely has not seen for the last 30 million years. This course aims to investigate and understand the impact of humans on Earth's biogeochemical cycles with a focus on the carbon cycle and its interaction with the physical climate system for the past, the present, and the future. Link to subpage

Carbon Mitigation

In order to reach the 2°C target, the net emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases need to be drastically reduced and likely even have to become negative. In this course, we will discuss a portfolio of options involving the alteration of natural carbon sinks and carbon sequestration. Link to subpage

Biogeochemical Modelling of Sediments, Lakes and Oceans

Numerical models are useful tools for evaluating processes in complex systems, interpreting observational data, and predicting the reaction of a system beyond the range of observations. In this course, the students acquire the skills to implement basic numerical models for the simulation of biogeochemistry in aquatic systems using Matlab. The focus of the course is on practical applications. Link to subpage

 

Spring Semester Courses

Number Unit Lecturer
651-4095-01L Colloquium Atmosphere and Climate 1  U. Lohmann,
E. M. Fischer,
N. Gruber,
R. Knutti,
T. Peter,
C. Schär,
S. Seneviratne,
H. Wernli,
M. Wild
701-0478-00L Introduction to Physical Oceanography   M. Münnich,
T. Frölicher,
G.-K. Plattner
701-1302-00L Term Paper 2: Seminar  K. McNeill,
M. Ackermann,
N. Gruber,
J. Hering,
R. Kretzschmar,
M. Lever,
M. H. Schroth,
R. Schwarzenbach,
B. Wehrli,
L. Winkel
701-1303-00L Term Paper 1: Writing  M. H. Schroth,
M. Ackermann,
N. Gruber,
J. Hering,
R. Kretzschmar,
M. Lever,
K. McNeill,
R. Schwarzenbach,
B. Wehrli,
L. Winkel
701-1317-00L Global Biogeochemical Cycles and Climate  N. Gruber,
M. Vogt
701-1338-00L Biogeochemical Modelling of Sediments, Lakes and Oceans  M. Schmid,
A. Brand,
M. Vogt
701-1901-AAL Systems Analysis  N. Gruber

Fall Semester Courses

Number Unit Lecturer
651-4095-01L Colloquium Atmosphere and Climate 1  U. Lohmann,
E. M. Fischer,
N. Gruber,
R. Knutti,
T. Peter,
C. Schär,
S. Seneviratne,
H. Wernli,
M. Wild
701-0033-00L Laboratory Course in Physics for Students of Environmental Sciences  M. Münnich,
N. Gruber,
B. Schönfeld
701-0033-03L Laboratory Course in Physics for Students in Food Sciences  B. Schönfeld,
N. Gruber,
M. Münnich
701-0033-04L Laboratory Course in Physics for Students in Earth Sciences  B. Schönfeld,
N. Gruber,
M. Münnich
701-0071-00L Mathematics III: Systems Analysis  N. Gruber,
P. Landschützer
701-1302-00L Term Paper 2: Seminar  K. McNeill,
M. Ackermann,
N. Gruber,
J. Hering,
R. Kretzschmar,
M. Lever,
R. Schwarzenbach,
B. Wehrli,
L. Winkel,
J. Zeyer
701-1303-00L Term Paper 1: Writing  J. Zeyer,
M. Ackermann,
N. Gruber,
J. Hering,
R. Kretzschmar,
M. Lever,
K. McNeill,
R. Schwarzenbach,
B. Wehrli,
L. Winkel
701-1346-00L Carbon Mitigation  N. Gruber
701-1901-AAL Systems Analysis  N. Gruber
 
 
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