Meteorology group, Climate and Geophysics, University of Copenhagen – University of Copenhagen

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Climate and Computational Geophysics > Research > Meteorology

Meteorology - Our main interest:
The atmosphere is a fascinating, dynamic system, which affects and reacts on effects from oceans, the icecaps and glaciers on our planet – it even affects the length of the day. Our main interest in the meteorology group is to understand and develop models of the fundamental physical processes in the atmosphere, these being the key to numerical weather predictions (NWP), climate, air quality and pollution.

The Scientific field:
Meteorology is an expansive scientific field, which draws on a series of physical disciplines, from geophysical fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and turbulence to optical emission to space. Our observations of the atmosphere are on the technological forefront, due to a strong scientific and technological development in recent years.

Of particular interest to our research is:

Numerical Methods:
We are continuously developing numerical methods and new algorithms, in order to help improve the accuracy and computational efficiency of Numerical Weather Prediction and the climate- and air pollution models.

Climate Models:
Simulation of large scale atmospheric dynamics in climate models. The main focus here is to understand why many climate models have problems simulating so called blockings in the atmosphere, which leads to too little simulated variability in coupled atmosphere – ocean climate models.

The Output of Climate Models:

Analysis of the output of the climate models, in order to chart and understand both natural and man made climate changes. Besides that, we are applying observations, based on satellite measurements, to be able to validate the physics at the root of the climatic development we detect in the climate models.

The WRF model:
Simulations with the so called WRF model for use in wind energy studies. This project is carried out in collaboration with the research group in wind energy at the Danish Technical University. Other projects, where students use WRF for numerical investigation of atmospheric phenomena, are an option too.

Master´s thesis- and bachelor students:
Our work is based on theory and numerical simulations of the circulation of the atmosphere and weather. The physics of the climate system in combination with the oceans is also part of our research. If you enjoy physics and mathematics as we do, we would very much like to talk to you, so we can identify an atmosphere/weather or climate physics project. You are also more than welcome to talk to one of the climate- and geophysics students, whom you can find under the heading Groupmembers.

You can find presentations of different, potential Bachelor´s and Master´s thesis projects in Meteorology here.