Winter School on Atmosphere-Ocean-Sea Ice Interaction Processes

When: 6-11 February 2022
Where: Longyearbyen, Svalbard
Credit: 2 ECTS
Lecturers: Thomas Spengler (University of Bergen, Norway), Einar Olason (Nansen Center, Norway), Jennifer Hutchings (Oregon State University, USA), Kjetil Våge (University of Bergen, Norway), Maddie Smith (University of Washington, USA), Pierre Rampal (CNRS, France), Erica Rosenblum (University of Manitoba, Canada), Ian Renfrew (University of East Anglia, UK), Andrew Roberts (Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA), Mary-Louise Timmermans (Yale University, USA), Chris Horvat (Brown University, USA)
Target Group: PhD students with background and interest in atmosphere-ocean-sea ice interaction processes and how they influence the coupled development with focus on meso to synoptic scales. Focus will be on theoretical, observational, and model aspects.


(application deadline: 21. November 2021, for details click registration)

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Course description:

The winter school will provide an overview of state-of-the-art theoretical paradigms, observation techniques, and modelling frameworks, as well as forecasting capabilities for atmosphere-ocean-sea ice interactions. Students will be introduced to newly obtained data from recent field campaigns (e.g., MOSAiC, IGP) as well as cutting edge diagnostics and theoretical paradigms that are still under further development. The winter school provides a unique opportunity bringing together young scientists studying different aspects of the coupled climate system. Through plenary lectures, poster presentations, and extended discussions, participants will be exposed to fundamentals and cutting edge research in the field as well as given the opportunity to build a community network for their future careers.

Learning outcomes:

Participants will gain advanced knowledge on dynamical and observational aspects regarding atmosphere-ocean-sea ice interaction processes related to surface fluxes of heat and momentum. They will develop a synergistic view encompassing both local to mesoscale and synoptic to large-scale perspectives. Lectures will be given by experts in the respective field. Participants will obtain:

  1. knowledge of state-of-the art theoretical paradigms and diagnostics for atmosphere-ocean-sea ice interaction processes
  2. overview of modelling approaches and assessment of forecasting capabilities for coupled models
  3. introduction to relevant observational techniques and interpretation of field data analysis
  4. insights into planning and conducting field campaigns (e.g., MOSAiC, IGP)
  5. foundation to develop their international research network

Learning modules:

The winter school will consist of a set of 2-3 lectures by each of the lecturers as well as evening poster sessions, where participating PhD students are given the opportunity to present their work to course participants and lecturers to obtain valuable feedback. Between sessions, there will be ample time for scientific discussions. In addition, participants will be given the opportunity to experience Arctic field work for half a day.

Tentative schedule:

All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, as well as coffee breaks) will be catered at the venue of the winter school, except for the dinner party on Thursday, which will be organized at another location.

Sunday 6 FebruaryEveningIcebreaker and dinner
Monday 7 FebruaryMorningLectures and discussions
AfternoonLectures and discussions
EveningPoster session with aperitif followed by dinner
Tuesday 8 FebruaryMorningLectures and discussions
AfternoonLectures and discussions
EveningPoster session with aperitif followed by dinner
Wednesday 9 FebruaryMorningLectures and discussions
AfternoonFieldwork experience and social time
EveningDinner and excursion (optional)
Thursday 10 FebruaryMorningLectures and discussions
AfternoonLectures and discussions
EveningDinner and winter school party
Friday 11 FebruaryMorningLectures and discussions
NoonEnd of winter school

Travel to Norway and Svalbard

Norway recently removed most COVID19 restrictions and travel with a EU vaccination certificate is without further restrictions. For those traveling from outside the EU without a EU vaccination certificate, we anticipate further improvements on travel restrictions in the coming months.

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Accommodation, meals, and participation fee

Accommodation for participating PhD students will be at the UNIS student housing. All meals, from dinner Sunday 6 February until lunch 11 February, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner as well as coffee breaks, are included in the participation fee, which also covers accommodation at the UNIS student housing. The participation fee is 7000 NOK for those who are not a member of the Norwegian Research School CHESS. Participants who are not a member of CHESS need to cover their own travel to and from Lonyearbyen. See registration for further details.