Climate change and its impact on the environment

(NGEN01 HT2019)

Quick link to all course material (lecture notes/pdfs and exercise instructions): HERE!


Last updated: 13January 2020


13 Jan.


Project Presentations, 16 January, 2020: Instructions, Groups, presentation times etc are HERE.

Use the Quick Link above to access the project pdfs.


16 Dec.


Lecture notes from Vaughan are now available.


9 Dec.


Lecture notes from Wilhelm and Paul are now available.

Tutorial and lecture notes from Britta and Ulrika are now available.


A link to the exam paper from 2018 has been added.


4 Dec.


Lectures notes from Stefan, Markku and Paul (sea ice) are now available.


26 Nov.


The links to the 4 papers to read for the discussion groups in December have been updated. Paper 4 is new!

Dr. Dan Metcalfe’s lecture and exercise instructions are now available too.


21 Nov.


I have added links to Jesper’s paleoclimate lecture, and Paul’s vegetation feedbacks lecture.

I have also added the instructions and files needed for the Ecosystem modelling exercise.


12 Nov.


I have added links to David Wårlind’s climate modelling lecture, reading and exercise instructions.

I have also added the link to the Discussion Group questions from Nov 8th.


4 & 5 Nov.


Welcome to the HT2019 course!


The link to the online lectures I mentioned is:


and you can test various IR spectra here:


Lecture notes are now online!


Recommended reading ahead of next week’s GCM exercise:


·         Houghton Course book, Ch 5.


·         Also, Ch 5 in

Cornell, S., Prentice, I., House, J., & Downy, C. (Eds.). (2012). Understanding the Earth System: Global Change Science for Application. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/CBO9780511921155


This is available as an eBook from the LU library:




The main course book is John Houghton, Global Warming: The Complete Briefing (4th or 5th Editions). It is not compulsory to buy this, you can access it as e-book through the university library (here), and the geolibrary has a number of hardcopies as well. The first seven chapters are examinable.


We will use parts of the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5, 2013), in particular the report by Working Group 1: The physical science basis. Available online.

The Technical Summary will be referred to a lot during the course.


We will also use parts of the IPCC’s Fourth Assessment Report (AR4, 2007), in particular the report by Working Group 1: The physical science basis. Available online.


Apart from Houghton, the following material is recommended (depending on each individual’s existing knowledge):

·         David Archer, Global warming: understanding the forecast. Information here.

·         Gordon Bonan, Ecological climatology: concepts and applications. The book is available online.

·         Daniel J. Jacob, Introduction to atmospheric chemistry. The book is available online.

·         Goosse H., P.Y. Barriat, W. Lefebvre, M.F. Loutre, and V. Zunz, Introduction to Climate Dynamics and Climate Modelling. E-book here.

·         The Future of the World's Climate (Second Edition) Edited by:Ann Henderson-Sellers and Kendal McGuffie. ISBN: 978-0-12-386917-3. LINK:



Interesting online seminars


Gavin Schmidt: Practical Philosophies of Climate Modeling:


Seminar: James Hansen, 2011-04-13, Earth's Energy Imbalance:





Moreover, additional articles will be provided during the course.




Course material

Course lectures etc. are available here (password-protected – the password will be distributed at the first meeting).



Rules and regulations

Disciplinary offences and plagiarism are not accepted, and suspected cases are always reported to the disciplinary board of the University. Information here (distributed at introductory meeting).


For the reports from exercises, as well as the final course project, you are expected to provide references to the literature used in an appropriate way. See this link for information on referencing and plagiarism at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science.


Please make yourself familiar with the rules for use of the computer labs.




Your grade depends on your work in discussion groups, computer exercises, a course project (at the end of the course), and an exam.


Enjoy the course!!!