Page tree

Versions Compared


  • This line was added.
  • This line was removed.
  • Formatting was changed.


Table of Contents

1. Course title

Mikrometeorologisten vuonmittausten teoriat
Theory of Micrometeorological Flux Measurements
Theory of Micrometeorological Flux Measurements


2. Course code


Aikaisemmat leikkaavat opintojaksot 530040 Mikrometeorologisten vuonmittausmenetelmien teoriat, 5 op

3. Course status: compulsory/optional

-Which degree programme is responsible for the course?
Master's Programme in Atmospheric Sciences

-Which module does the course belong to?
ATM300 Advanced Studies in Atmospheric Sciences
compulsory for

  • Study Track in Meteorology (if students chooses Biometeorology -course package)

optional for

  • Study Track in Biogeochemical Cycles

-Is the course available to students from other degree programmes?

4. Course level (first-, second-, third-cycle/EQF levels 6, 7 and 8)


Master’s level, degree programmes in medicine, dentistry and veterinary medicine = secondcycle
degree/EQF level 7
Doctoral level = third-cycle (doctoral) degree/EQF level 8


-Does the course belong to basic, intermediate or advanced studies (cf. Government Decree
on University Degrees)?
Advanced studies

5. Recommended time/stage of studies for completion


Can be taken in the early or later stages of studies. However, it is recommended after the ATM347 Boundary Layer Physics I.

6. Term/teaching period when the course will be offered


The course will be offered every second year in the spring term.

7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr

8. Teacher coordinating the course

Ivan Mammarella

9. Course learning outcomes


  • You will learn to know the common techniques for measuring turbulent fluxes.
  • You will learn how to process micrometeorological data and calculate fluxes of energy and any gases.

10. Course completion methods


Exercises, essay and final presentation. Exercises are mostly small programming tasks and sometimes theoretical ones ('pen and paper'). In the essay the student reports on one of the flux measurement technique, based on course material and other scientific articles. In the final presentation, the student synthesizes and discusses the results obtained during the exercises.


11. Prerequisites


12. Recommended optional studies

If you are interested in continuing in the subject courses ATM321 Field Course in Micrometeorology and Hydrology and    ATM359 Eddy covariance intensive course   are recommended.

13. Course content


  • Basics concepts and approaches to describe the turbulent flow in the atmospheric surface layer
  •  Surface flux measurement techniques

·         Eddy covariance  

·         Disjunct eddy covariance 

·         Relaxed eddy accumulation 

·         Flux-gradient technique 

·         Modified Bowen ratio 

·         Bowen ratio method (for H2O) 

·         Dissipation method

 ·        Bulk transfer relationships

14. Recommended and required literature


  •  Lecture notes
  • Supplementary reading:
    • Eddy covariance: a practical guide to measurement and data analysis / Marc Aubinet, Timo Vesala, Dario Papale, editors
    • Stull R.B. , 1988:  An introduction to Boundary-Layer Meteorology
    • Kaimal J. C. & Finnigan J. 1994: Atmospheric Boundary Layer Flows

15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning


Weekly lectures and exercises (individual work). Final presentation based on exercise's results (individual).

16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale


The course is graded in scale 1 to 5. There will be no final exam and the grade is determined by following criteria:

  •  60 % on exercise/final presentation points (30% of the exercise points needed to pass)
  •  40 % on the essay

17. Teaching language