AGF-213 Polar Meteorology and Climate

This course is organised and taught at the "University Centre in Svalbard" and all informations can be found here on the official page from UNIS.


During the course students learn about meteorological processes and the climate of the polar regions. Since a couple of years staff from FMI is going to Longyearbyen to assist with fieldwork and guest lecturing. This year Timo Vihma, Stephan Kral and Daniel Kramer were responsible for parts of the fieldwork, data handling and lecturing.


Figure 2: Under Stephans supervision the students prepare instruments and software.
Timo Vihma was lecturing on numerical modelling of the atmosphere and giving guidance on the field data analyses and report writing.

Stephan Kral was teaching the students about "Boundary Layer Theory" and guiding them in the field.

Daniel Kramer was giving a lecture about the atmosphere on Mars and its similarities to the terrestrial counterpart. He also helped the students in the field and brought a model of the REMS-H instrument from the Mars-rover "Curiosity", which was deployed together with the other instruments. The sensor was provided by the "Space and Radar Technology Group" at FMI.


Figure 1: Students setting up a radiation sensor.

Figure 3: Some instructions were given inside to avoid cold fingers and unnecessary freezing. Though the weather was not too bad during the first week. Also the sensitive electronic is better protected against dust and dirt.

Figure 4: Assembling an AWS (automatic weather station).