Hydrosphere and Atmosphere: Modelling and Forecast

05.04.04In russian

Level of education Master

Type of instruction Full-time

Duration 2 years

Main academic courses
  • Water Masses and Frontal Zones of the World Ocean
  • Climate Change and Its Modelling
  • Hydrological Calculations and Forecasts
  • Modelling of Hydrological Processes
  • Numerical Weather Forecasting Methods
  • Hydrometeorological Information Systems
  • Theory of General Circulation of the Atmosphere
  • Programming in Hydrometeorology
  • Analysing and Displaying Meteorological Information
Our advantages
  • The academic programme is designed to train specialists with fundamental theoretical knowledge and research skills in climatology, oceanology and land hydrology. They will be able to: use the cutting-edge monitoring systems and computer simulation of atmospheric and hydrological processes; and identify the risks of dangerous changes in the state of the atmosphere and natural waters that affect living conditions and the economy of societies.
  • A fundamental modern education in theoretical and applied climatology, hydrology and oceanology is provided by this programme. In Russia, it is taught only at St Petersburg University and Moscow State University.
  • Individual training of students is provided under the supervision of specialists.
  • There is a wide range of elective courses. This makes it possible to build an educational path that will enable students to receive advanced training in one of the areas.
  • There is an opportunity to work on advanced unique equipment in the resource centres of St Petersburg University and laboratories of leading research institutions.
  • There are joint projects of large field research with foreign partners, including expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic.
  • There are extensive contacts with public and private institutions that are interested in hydrometeorological research and are potential employers.
  • Students take part in research activities supported by grants from: St Petersburg University; the Russian Foundation for Basic Research; the Russian Humanitarian Science Foundation; the Government of St Petersburg; and the Russian Geographical Society. They also participate in: conferences; seminars; and symposia. These include the annual international student scientific conference ‘The Great Geographical Festival’, and the international research/practice conference ‘Vinogradov Conference’.
International relations
  • The University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway 
  • The University of Oslo (Norway)
Main areas of research
  • Analysis of the accuracy of model reproductions of climate change in the 20th century
  • Interaction of ocean, atmosphere and sea ice sheet
  • Effect of climate and its changes on processes and objects in climate-dependent sectors of the economy
  • Water resources of reservoirs and their man-mad changes
  • Hydrodynamic simulation of marine areas
  • Dynamics of marine ecosystems
  • Climate change in the North Polar Region
  • Modelling of hydrological processes
  • Physical oceanography of seas and oceans
  • Environmental issues in inland water bodies
  • Modelling of Hazardous Hydrological Processes
Career opportunities

Graduates of the programme work as oceanologists, meteorologists, climatologists, and hydrologists.