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Teaching

I teach various courses1 at the ACINN, mostly for students in atmospheric sciences.

Click here if you are here for the Scientific Programming lecture notes.

VO - Introduction to meteorology and climatology

Fundamentals of the climate system for undergraduate students (winter semester, 2hrs). Topics: components of the climate system, general circulation of the atmosphere and of the oceans, climate variability (ENSO, NAO, Monsoon), climate change and climate policy.

VU - Physics of the climate system

Advanced course in physical climatology for graduate students (winter semester, 3hrs). Practicals: individual study of the general circulation of the atmosphere using reanalysis data and Python. Topics: climate variability, synoptic climatology, paleoclimate, climate modelling, climate change and feedbacks.

VU - Scientific Programming

Advanced course in programming for graduate students (winter semester, 2+1hrs). Modern programming techniques for (geo-)scientists: numerics, software structure, unit testing, object oriented programming, version control, open development practices…

The lecture notes are available online.

VU - Transparency and communication in Earth Sciences

Elective module for graduate students (2hrs). Taking “the influence of artificial snow production on climate” as an example for a research topic, the students get acquainted with several fundamental tenets of open science: Open Data, Open Peer Review, Open Methodology, Open Source, Open Educational Outreach.

Among other things, the students have to set-up a website which summarizes their result to a broader audience.

VU - The Cryosphere in the Climate System

Advanced course in glaciology for graduate students (winter semester, 3hrs, co-taught with others). Practicals: analyse automatic weather station data, compute the energy and mass balance of a glacier surface.

SE - Literature seminar glaciology / climatology

Paper discussion group for graduate students (winter semester, 2hrs).

Workshops

I give workshops related to programming, open-source and open-science topics. Some of my recent presentations are available online:

(if you are curious about the tool I used to generate these presentations, this blog post) explains it in a little more detail)

Student advisees

Gregor, P. (master thesis)
Glacier ice thickness inversion using regularization approaches
Hartmann, M. (master thesis)
Sources of air masses and moisture during wet and dry spells in the Rio Santa basin, Peruvian Andes
Hatvan, V. (master thesis @ UNIS Svalbard, co-supervised)
Evaluation of the physical SNOWPACK model under arctic conditions
Kilian, M. (master thesis @ DLR, co-supervised)
Chemische Veränderung der globalen Atmosphäre nach Vulkanausbrüchen in globalen Klima-Chemie Modellsimulationen

Click here for the list of past advisees.

Past courses and student evaluations

Semester Title                                Level Institution  Evaluation
Winter 2017/18 Physics of the climate system Graduate ACINN Link
Winter 2017/18 Einführung in die Klimatologie Undergrad  ACINN Link
Summer 2017 The Cryosphere in the Climate System Graduate ACINN Link
Winter 2016/17 Physics of the climate system Graduate ACINN Link
Winter 2016/17 Einführung in die Klimatologie Undergrad  ACINN Link
Winter 2016/17 Literature seminar glaciology / climatology Graduate ACINN not evaluated
Summer 2016 The Cryosphere in the Climate System Graduate ACINN Link
Summer 2016 The climate system Undergrad  ACINN Link
Summer 2016 Literature seminar glaciology / climatology Graduate ACINN not evaluated
Winter 2015/16 Physics of the climate system Graduate ACINN Link
Summer 2013 Scientific programming and statistics Graduate TU Berlin not evaluated
Summer 2011 Meteorological field excursion in north Sweden Graduate TU Berlin not evaluated

  1. VO (“Vorlesung”, regular lectures) VU (“Vorlesung mit Übung”, lectures with integrated practicals), and SE (“Seminars”).