Research at the Climate and Geophysics Section, University of Copenhagen – University of Copenhagen


The research we perform in our section encompasses meteorology and the physics of the atmosphere, the oceans and their enormous impact on the climate of the Earth and last, but not least, the physics of the solid Earth: From the crust of Earth to the internal structure and the wide societal implications it has in terms of resources.

Our tools are, to a large extent, computer models. It is important for us to utilize and compare measured data with the calculations in the models, and to this end we use e.g. classical meteorological measurements, many different types of satellite data, new ocean measurements from deep sea buoys and many seismic measurements. We have access to powerful super computers with our partner institutions and we are currently building our own independent cluster, which can also be used for Bachelor´s and Thesis projects.

Meteorology: 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.
Oceanography: The research of our group is focused on ocean processes that contribute to the large climate fluctuations observed in the last million years. Of particular interest to our research is: Watermass transformation in the NordicSeas and the Arctic Ocean and Dansgaard-Oeschger events.
Solid Earth Physics: Research in the physics of the solid Earth is based on three different disciplines: Field experiments, theory and numerical modelling. The measurements draw on data derived from registration of seismic waves, produced by explosions or remote earthquakes, and satellite measurements of the Earth´s gravity and magnetic fields.