2018-2019 / CLIM0017-2

Climate modelling

Part 1 : Atmosphere

Part 2 : Vegetation and carbon cycle

Duration

Part 1 : Atmosphere : 10h Th, 20h Pr
Part 2 : Vegetation and carbon cycle : 15h Th, 25h Pr

Number of credits

 Master in geography : climatology (120 ECTS)7 crédits 

Lecturer

Part 1 : Atmosphere : Xavier Fettweis
Part 2 : Vegetation and carbon cycle : Louis François

Coordinator

Louis François

Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January

Schedule

Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

Part 1 : Atmosphere

The lectures begin with a quick introduction to regional climate modelling where problems connected to the choice of the integration domain, the pre-/post-possessing, the double nesting, the 2-way coupling, ... are presented. Afterwards, the tutorials introduce the students to the use of the atmospheric regional climate model MAR (for Modèle Atmosphérique Régional in French) developped at the Laboratory of Climatology from ULiège. Its outputs will be used in Partim 2 to force a vegetation on a particular region of the world. The simulation will be performed on Linux powered supercomputers (CECI).

Part 2 : Vegetation and carbon cycle

The lectures begin with a quick introduction to the modelling of the continental surface processes in climate models. It includes the modelling of the exchanges of heat, water and CO2 between the soil, the vegetation and the atmosphere, as well as the processes governing the dynamic evolution of the vegetal cover (leaf area index, vegetation types, etc.).
Then, the tutorials introduce the students to the use of the CARAIB dynamic vegetation model. Applications are developed for specific regions selected by the students (e.g., some European countries), by using as inputs the datasets obtained as outputs of the climate simulations performed in the first series of lectures (partim 1).

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

Part 1 : Atmosphere

The objective of the lectures is to introduce the students to the use of complex climate models.

Part 2 : Vegetation and carbon cycle

The objective of the lectures is to introduce the students to the use of vegetation models.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills

Part 1 : Atmosphere

- CLIM0002 Climate modelling - CLIM0660 Introduction to modelling in physical geography - Partim 2 - CLIM0024 Introduction to modelling in physical geography - Partim 3

Part 2 : Vegetation and carbon cycle

- SPAT0024 Meteorology - CLIM0002 Climate models: principles and applications - CLIM0014-1 Programmation au service de la climatologie (partim 1) - CLIM0017-5 Programmation au service de la climatologie (partim 2)

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Part 1 : Atmosphere

The tutorials will be dedicated to the use and handling of the MAR regional model on Linux powered supercomputers.

Part 2 : Vegetation and carbon cycle

The tutorials will be dedicated to the use of a dynamic vegetation model.

Mode of delivery (face-to-face ; distance-learning)

Part 1 : Atmosphere

The lectures are organized in 3-hour modules during the first semester. Computers under Linux are used for the tutorials.

Part 2 : Vegetation and carbon cycle

The lectures are organized in 3-hour modules during the first semester. Computers under Linux are used for the tutorials.
Schedule 2018-2019: 1st semester, Thursday morning or afternoon.
First lecture: Thursday September 20, 2018, room R/12, Bât.  B11.
2nd lecture: Oct 4, 2018, 13h00 à 16h00, room R/12, Bât.  B11.

Recommended or required readings

Part 1 : Atmosphere

The pdf files of the lecture slides are available for the students on http://www.climato.be/cours.
Reference articles of the MAR are presented to the students during the first lesson.

Part 2 : Vegetation and carbon cycle

The pdf files of the lecture slides are available for the students.
Reference articles of the CARAIB model are presented to the students during the lectures.

Assessment methods and criteria

Part 1 : Atmosphere

Every student has to model a particular domain of the world and is evaluated on the basis of the (oral) presentation of the results he obtained in the tutorials.

Part 2 : Vegetation and carbon cycle

Each student has to model a particular domain of Europe or of another continent and is evaluated on the basis of the (oral) presentation of the results he obtained in the tutorials.

Work placement(s)

Organizational remarks

Contacts

Part 1 : Atmosphere

Dr. Xavier Fettweis, FNRS, Department of Geography - Laboratory of Climatology Web: http://www.climato.be/fettweis

Part 2 : Vegetation and carbon cycle

Louis François, Professor, Institut d'Astrophysique et de Géophysique (Bât. B5c), Tél.: (+32) (4) 366-9776 e-mail: Louis.Francois@ulg.ac.be

Items online

Part 1 : Atmosphere

Items online
The slides as well as the examples shown during the lectures are available on

Part 2 : Vegetation and carbon cycle

Online notes
On-line notes available on UMCCB website