Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


  • After this course the student is aware of basics of space weather.
  • The student understands how the Sun drives space weather.
  • The student recognises the effects of space weather on Earth and other solar system objects. 
  • The student is able to explain how the properties of an object in our solar system influence its space weather. 
  • The student can describe how space weather can be studied with measurements and simulations. 

Credits: 5

Schedule: 01.03.2022 - 31.05.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Esa Kallio, Anne Lähteenmäki

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    • Basics of space plasma physics.
    • Basic properties of solar system objects.
    • Magnetosphere and ionosphere physics.
    • Space weather, auroras.
    • Space plasma, electric and magnetic fields.
    • Space-borne and ground-based instrumentation.
    • Space probes for space weather research.
    • Space plasma simulations.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Exercises, learning assignments, examinations.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Contact hours 48 h (2 x 2 h per week). Independent work 87 h.


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Lecture slides.

Substitutes for Courses


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Spring IV-V

    2021-2022 Spring IV-V

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.