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1. Course title

Analysis of atmosphere-surface interactions and feedbacks
Analysis of atmosphere-surface interactions and feedbacks
Analysis of atmosphere-surface interactions and feedbacks

2. Course code


Aikaisemmat leikkaavat opintojaksot 53328 Ilman epäpuhtauksien fysiikka, kemia ja vaikutukset; kenttämittaukset, 5 op.

3. Course status: optional

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

-Which module does the course belong to?
ATM3001-6 Advanced Studies in Atmospheric Sciences (optional for all study tracks)

-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

-The recommended time for completion may be, e.g., after certain relevant courses have
been completed.

The course is recommended for the second year of master studies.

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

The course will be given every year as a 2 week field course in October.

7. Scope of the course in credits

5 cr

8. Teacher coordinating the course

Markku Kulmala, Jaana Bäck, Taina Ruuskanen

9. Course learning outcomes

-Description of the learning outcomes provided to students by the course
- See the competence map (

The student will learn:

  • using Matlab as analysis tool for complex datasets
  • utilizing long-term atmospheric, meteorological and eco-physiological data from field stations
  • multidisciplinary approach
  • project management
  • collaborative and integrated learning

10. Course completion methods

-Will the course be offered in the form of contact teaching, or can it be taken as a distance
learning course?
-Description of attendance requirements (e.g., X% attendance during the entire course or
during parts of it)
-Methods of completion

The course is given as an intensive field course, and it is required to be present during the course. A group work report is prepared after the course, and it is evaluated and graded.

11. Prerequisites

-Description of the courses or modules that must be completed before taking this course or
what other prior learning is required

The student should have at least basic programming skills. Completion of course ATM308 before this course is recommended.

12. Recommended optional studies

-What other courses are recommended to be taken in addition to this course?
-Which other courses support the further development of the competence provided by this

13. Course content

-Description of the course content

The course involves a few short relevant lectures, with the main emphasis placed on intensive group work and final report written after the course. The topics vary in different years, including:

-          Atmospheric Processes and Feedbacks

-          Atmosphere-Biosphere Interactions

-          Comparison of long time series and intensive field campaign data

-          Topical research questions in climate change

The course always includes an Introduction to SMEAR II measurement station.

14. Recommended and required literature

-What kind of literature and other materials are read during the course (reading list)?
-Which works are set reading and which are recommended as supplementary reading?

The materials, mainly scientific articles, will be delivered during the course.

15. Activities and teaching methods in support of learning

-See the competence map (
-Student activities
-Description of how the teacher’s activities are documented

Emphasis is in the work done in small groups during the course and preparing the final report in the group after the course.

The total workload of the course is approximately 135 hours.

16. Assessment practices and criteria, grading scale

-See the competence map (
-The assessment practices used are directly linked to the learning outcomes and teaching
methods of the course.

The final grade is based on the quality of the final report.

17. Teaching language

  • English
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