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Summer Course on Physics of the Climate System

Physics of the Climate System addresses how the laws of physics affect our climate. The Summer Course focuses on the following topics: the interaction of radiation with atmospheric constituents, the circulation in the atmosphere, and the circulation in the oceans. The fundamental physics taught during this course are at the basis of correct understanding of current global warming and climate change.
When Aug 14, 2017 09:00 AM to
Aug 25, 2017 05:30 PM
Where Utrecht (Netherlands)
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The summer school 'Physics of the Climate System' consists of three basic parts:
• Core lectures
• Thematic talks
• Project work

Core lectures:
Each morning there will be two lectures on core subjects, appropriately illustrated with some practical demonstrations. They are followed by an exercise session in which further understanding of the material is developed.

Thematic talks:
There will be a program of talks by local specialists on interesting and important topics chosen from the five research themes of the Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research in Utrecht. These themes are:
• Ice and climate
• Ocean circulation and climate
• Atmospheric physics and chemistry
• Atmospheric dynamics and boundary layer meteorology
• Physical geography and oceanography of the coastal zone

The talks will be informal and are aimed at providing you with up-to-date insight into the work of researchers here in Utrecht.

Project work:
Participants work in groups of two on a research project of their choice. The project can cover a topic from the entire scope of research themes at IMAU: from modeling the dynamics of El Niño to hands-on work in the lab. Students finish their course with a presentation of the project results to IMAU-staff and fellow students.
Organizing institution:Utrecht University, Faculty of Science (UU)


Dr. Rupert Holzinger


Advanced bachelors / beginning masters with a strong background in physics and mathematics as well as proficiency in English. Applicants go through a selection procedure and are continuously evaluated. Maximum number of participants: 24


Obtaining insight into the fundamental processes that drive the climate system.


You will experience an intensive two-week program with challenging and interesting courses, lectures and project work.

A typical day starts at 9:00 with lectures until 11:00, followed by an exercise session until 12:30. The afternoons are dedicated to the thematic talks (one hour) and project work until 17:30.


• € 850 - Course + course materials + housing
• € 500 - Course + course materials

Early bird reduction: Complete your application before May 1st, 2017, and receive € 100 fee reduction!




A limited number of fee-waiver scholarships is available. Motivate your request by uploading a separate scholarship- request document. Travel costs cannot be reimbursed.


Mrs. Floor Werensteijn - van Lee
Institute for Marine and Atmospheric research Utrecht (IMAU)
Buys Ballot Laboratory
Princetonplein 5
3584 CC Utrecht
The Netherlands
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P: +31 30 253 3275
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Contact Utrecht Summer School


Deadline for registration: 01 July 2017


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