Program

The Laurea Magistrale in Atmospheric Science and Technology (LMAST) is held entirely in English and provides students with advanced concepts, professional training and specific physics and engineering skills, enabling them to address complex issues requiring analysis, development, simulation and application in a wide range of atmospheric science topics.

The inter-university LMAST program foresees the following 2-year schedule and logistics:

  1. LMAST first year is organized in Rome and students acquire a basic knowledge related to major areas of fluid mechanics, meteorology, electromagnetics, statistical mechanics as well as complementary subjects on advanced and applied topics.
  2. LMAST second year is organized in L’Aquila (90 km far from Rome, about 1-hour trip) and students are introduced to atmospheric dynamics, climate modelling and environmental meteorology as well as to several complementary subjects on atmospheric physics.

The mandatory subjects of LMAST are the following (60 credits corresponding to about 600 hours of class lectures, exercises and laboratories):

  1. Fundamentals of fluid mechanics (6 credits)
  2. Foundations of meteorology (9 credits)
  3. Electromagnetics and radar meteorology (6 credits)
  4. Statistical mechanics (6 credits)
  5. Satellite Earth observation (6 credits)
  6. Laboratory of atmospheric remote sensing (6 credits)
  7. Atmospheric dynamics: meteorological and climate modeling (12 credits)
  8. Environmental meteorology (12 credits)

Other 24 credits can be chosen by the student within a wide offer of subjects in LMAST together with a stage of 3 credits (75 hours of student work). A final Master thesis of 24 credits (650 hours of student work), to be presented and discussed, concludes the LMAST program (the final grade is expressed in 110 with possible laude).

The LMAST Master thesis score is up to 10 points (over 110 available) where: i) for requests of points ≥ 6 a reviewer is needed; ii) 2 points are attributed for academic time-efficiency; iii) to obtain cum laude, the overall points should be equal or larger than 113/110.
Each student can compile his/her study plan by following his/her interests.

LMAST academic point-of-contact: prof. rossella.ferretti@aquila.infn.it

The catalogue of the individual courses is available on the University of L’Aquila website at this link.

Year/SemesterSubjectCreditsLocationSectorType
I /1Fundamentals of fluid mechanics6RomeICAR/01B*
I /1Foundations of meteorology 
Part 1: Physical meteorology 
Part 2: Synoptic meteorology
9
(6)
(3)
Rome
FIS/06
GEO/12

B
B
I /1Electromagnetics and radar meteorology6RomeING-INF/02B*
I /1Statistical mechanics6RomeFIS/02B
      
I/2Satellite Earth observation 6RomeING-INF/02B*
I/2Laboratory of atmospheric physics6RomeFIS/06B

I/2
I/2
I/2
I/2
I/2
1 Choice course among Group 1
Advanced fluid mechanics
Hydroclimatology
Hydrological modeling
Satellite geodesy and geomatics (not activated yet)
Urban climatology (not activated yet)

6
6
6
6
6
Rome
ICAR/01
ICAR/01
ICAR/02
ICAR/06
ICAR/01

C
C
C
C
C

I/2
I/2
I/2
I/2
I/2
1 Choice course among Group 2
Advanced electromagnetics and scattering
Engineering electromagnetics
Machine learning
Optoelectronic sensors
Radar image processing (not activated yet)

6
6
6
6
6
Rome
ING-INF/02
ING-INF/02
ING-IND/31
ING-INF/01
ING-INF/03

C
C
C
C
C
 Free choice subject6  D
      

II/3
II/4 
Atmospheric dynamics 
Part 1: Meteorological modeling 
Part 2: Climate modeling
12
(8)
(4)
L’Aquila
GEO/12
GEO/12

B

II/3
II/3
Environmental meteorology 
Part 1: Environmental modeling 
Part 2: Environmental monitoring techniques
12
(9)
(3)
L’Aquila
FIS/06
FIS/01

B  

II/4
II/4
II/3
II/4
II/4
II/4
II/4
II/3
II/4
1 Choice course among Group 3
Atmospheric chemistry
Atmospheric sounding
Hydrometeorological physics 
Lidar remote sensing
Radiative transfer in atmosphere
Physics of non-linear systems
Space weather
Physical oceanograhy (not activated yet)
Climate regional scale and downscaling (not activated yet)


6
6
6
6
6
6
6
6
6
L’Aquila

CHIM/02
FIS/06
FIS/06
FIS/01
FIS/06
FIS/06
FIS/06
GEO/12
GEO/12


C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
C
II/3Free choice subject6  D
      
II/4Stage3  F
II/4Master Thesis24  E
      
 Total LMAST degree120   

Legend

  • 1 CFU = 1 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) = 25 hours of student work with 8-9 h. of lectures or 12 h. laboratory/exercise
  • CFU type: B (mandatory), C (complementary/optional), D (free choice selection), E (thesis), F (professional)
  • D-Type subjects can be freely chosen by the student within the LMAST offer or within Sapienza and Univaq overall offer (see below).

The student free-choice subjects can be chosen within:
– the LMAST offer of non-mandatory (C type) subjects;
– the whole MSc didactic offer University of L’Aquila;
– the whole MSc didactic course offer of Sapienza University of Rome.
Note that:
– the free-choice subject should be coherent with the LMAST study plan and must be approved by the LMAST council;
– if the free-choice subject belongs to the Sapienza UniRome, the LMAST student needs to select single courses following this specific procedure and then ask for an automatic recognition to LMAST secretary.


LMAST didactic regulation

LMAST study plan can be presented to the LMAST chair and didactic secretary by each enrolled student. Students may, in accordance with regulations established by individual Departments, present an alternative individual study plan
– between 1 August – 15 September (31 October upon request and approval);
– between 15 January – 15 February only for optional courses of the II semester.
If the deadline of 15 September (or 31 October) is not met, you can present an individual LMAST study plan until 20 December, but you will have to pay a € 52.00 fee.

LMAST didactic regulation documents are available here for each academic year: 
a.y. 2020-21  LMAST Regulation and Program
a.y. 2019-20  LMAST Regulation and Program 
a.y. 2018-19  LMAST Regulation and Program

Minutes of LMAST CAD (didactic area council) meetings are available upon request from the LMAST chair.


LMAST student access (e-mail, wifi, card)

LMAST students are administratevly enrolled at Univaq, but they are inter-university students and can exploit the benefits/services of both Univaq and Sapienza.

Univaq offers to LMAST students the possibility to register at the Univaq virtual secretary and obtain access to exam booking and registration as well as to other services, such as:
– Univaq registration number;
– Univaq e-mail and wifi access;
– Univaq student card for accessing to cafeterias and libraries.
See also the Univaq student website here for more information.

After pre-enrolling at Univaq, Sapienza offers to LMAST inter-university students a registration website, called Infostud, where online services are available such as:
– Sapienza registration number;
– Sapienza e-mail and wifi access;
– Sapienza student card for accessing to cafeterias and libraries.
See also the Sapienza student website here for more information.
For getting uniroma1 e-mail, follow these instructions (in Italian).