Climate Module Fall 20

Climate Module Fall 20
9. June 2020 Cara Turett

In the climate module we discuss various aspects of weather and climate. While experts from the Institute for Atmospheric and Climate Science as well as the Center for Climate Systems Modeling (Department of Environmental Systems) convey the fundamental theoretical knowledge, we also approach the topic from the perspective of landscape architecture and deepen our understanding with practical applications. The goal is to provide the students with skills and tools which they can later apply to their design projects.

We will discuss subjects as diverse as the formation and prediction of weather, the scientific basis of climate change and its impact on society, the biophysical processes that shape the land-atmosphere interaction, hydrology, the chemical composition of atmosphere and air pollutants. Each day of the module week is dedicated to a specific atmosphere-related topic, with introductory lectures in the morning and afternoon exercise sessions. The introduction to hydrology is combined with an excursion to the alps, where we will learn more about the Aletsch glacier.


  • Sep 14 Introduction & Atmospheric Dynamics
  • Sep 15 Climate Physics
  • Sep 16 Land-Climate Dynamics
  • Sep 17 Hydrology & Water Cycle / Excursion Aletsch glacier
  • Sep 18 Atmospheric Chemistry

by Magdalena Kaufmann