Courses in Geophysics of the Hydrosphere Study Track

Information about geophysics of the hydrosphere courses.

The preliminary syllabus for the academic year 2024-2025 can be found here. The final syllabus will be published in Sisu by the end of June. Please note, that some courses will not be lectured every academic year.

Geophysics of the Hydrosphere, advanced studies (complete at least 95 cr)

Compulsory courses (45-50 cr)

ATM301 Atmospheric and Earth Sciences Today (5 cr)
ATM345 Atmospheric science seminar for Master’s students (5 cr)
ATM350 Master's thesis (30 cr)
ATM399 Maturity test (0 cr)
Personal study plan (0 cr) (included in ATM301)

Select either ATM302 (5 cr) or ATM386 (2 cr).

Select either ATM303 Project course in atmospheric sciences (3 or 5 cr) or ATM384 Integrating art and science (5 cr) or ATM380 (5 cr).

Theories and Methods in Geophysics of the Hydrosphere course package (complete at least 20 cr)

Compulsory courses (20 cr)

ATM334 Measurement Methods in Hydrospheric Geophysics (5 cr)
ATM335 Geophysics of Snow and Ice (5 cr)
ATM333 Turbulence Theory (5 cr)
ATM310 Time Series Analysis in Geosciences (5 cr)

Geoinformatics (complete at most 5 cr)

Select either ME-203 Geoinformatics 1 (5 cr) or ME-204 Geoinformatics I (5 cr).

Optional courses (0-10 cr)

ECGS-011 Advanced aquatic and sediment biogeochemistry (5 cr)
MAST32005 Spatial Modelling and Bayesian Inference (5 cr)

Optional course packages (complete at least 25 cr)

Complete at least 25 cr, including one course package with at least 15 cr.

Physical Oceanography course package

ATM336 Dynamic Oceanography (5 cr)
ATM337 Descriptive Oceanography (5 cr)
ATM338 Surface Water Waves (5 cr)
ATM339 Oceanography of the Baltic Sea (5 cr)
ATM340 Coastal Oceanography (5 cr)
ATM367 Polar Oseanography (5 cr)

Cryology course package

ATM341 Sea ice geophysics (5 cr)
ATM342 Frozen Gound (5 cr)
ATM343 Glaciology (5 cr)

Hydrology course package

ATM344 Global Hydrology (5 cr)
ATM346 Physics of lakes and rivers (5 cr)
ATM321 Field Course in Micrometeorology and Hydrology (5 cr)
GEOM2034 Quantitative hydrogeology and flow modeling (5 cr)


Optional advanced courses for all study tracks (complete at most 30 cr)

ATM373 Leadership for Sustainable Change (5 cr)
ATM377 Introduction to Earth System Modelling (5 cr)
ATM378 (5 cr)
ATM379 (5 cr)
ATM380 (5 cr)
ATM389 Living with changing climate (5 cr)
ATM397 Forests and Climate Change (2 cr)
ATM398 Climate University for Virtual Exchanges (CLUVEX) (1 cr) 
ATM404 Environmental and Climate Regulation in the EU (5 cr)
ATM396 Application of AI/ML techniques in Atmospheric Science (3 cr)

Data Science

ATM308 Statistical Tools for Climate and Atmospheric Science (5 cr)
ATM309 Analysis of atmosphere-surface interactions and feedbacks (5 cr)
ATM310 Time Series Analysis in Geosciences (5 cr)
DATA11001 Introduction to Data Science (5 cr)
DATA12001 Advanced Course in Machine Learning (5 cr)
LSI35002 Bayesian Data Analysis (5 cr)
DATA20046 Neural Networks and Deep Learning (5 cr)

Select at most one of the following courses:

  • DATA11002 Introduction to Machine Learning (5 cr)
  • ATM4171 Introduction to Machine Learning for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (5 cr)
Other stud­ies

Take the compulsory prerequisite courses FYS2073, FYS2075 and FYS2076 if these courses or courses with the same contents are not included to your previous studies.

  • FYS2073 Fluid Phenomena (5 cr)
  • FYS2075 Basic Course in Oceanography (5 cr)
  • FYS2076 Basic Course in Hydrology (5 cr)

In addition to the compulsory prerequisite courses other studies can include study modules or courses from other programmes or courses from other study tracks. Also practical training and language studies can be included in other studies.