Environmental and climate modelling

15 points

Not offered 2023, offered in 2020, 2022

For further information see School of Physical & Chemical Sciences


This is a hands-on course in which students will learn the fundamentals of modelling the Earth’s climate system. Using the Python programming language, students will develop parameterisations for simple climate models, and learn how to run more advanced models. Students will learn how models are used to support decision making through geoinformatics and science in the areas of: climate change; air pollution; the ozone layer; numerical weather prediction, and its application in renewable energy and agricultural meteorology. Particular focus will be given to how these issues affect Aotearoa New Zealand and the wider Pacific.


(COSC131 or COSC121 or BIOL209) AND (PHYS285 or ENVR201 or ENVR209 or GEOG201)