Studying environmental physics
The Graduate Program in Environmental Physics represents a synthesis of education in physics and environmental sciences. Students gain fundamental physical knowledge in fluid dynamics, meteorology and oceanography, and climate system. A strong focus is placed on analytical and numerical aspects of teaching these topics. Complementary to these broader topics, we also teach specialised courses on data analysis methods, extreme events, atmospheric pollution, ecological modelling and the like. The final semester is dedicated to a research-based thesis work. Graduates are qualified for a variety of jobs, starting with meteorology and oceanography as classical occupations, to environmental protection and renewable energy specialists, and further to environmental risk assessment and sustainable development specialists.
Briefly on research in environmental physics
Research of the Environmental Physics Group is focused on: (i) climatology, (ii) sea level extremes and (iii) primary production modelling. The coastal climate and future climate projections are studied using high resolution regional climate models. Methods of monitoring and forecasting of coastal water pollution in current and future climate are developed using ground-based meteorological, remote sensing and unmanned aerial vehicles. Sea level extremes are studied over various periods (from minute to decades), both in the present and the future climate, by using tide gauge data from worldwide distributed stations, altimetry data, as well as reanalysis, hindcast and future climate simulations. Primary production modelling refers to bio-optical models of carbon assimilation in phytoplankton photosynthesis. Research focuses on further development of analytical bio-optical models of photosynthesis and their coupling to more complex ocean ecosystem models. A strong focus is placed on model verification and data assimilation.