Turbulence in the Atmosphere and Ocean @ Forskningsparken, Oslo
Mar 25 – May 10 all-day

Lecturer: Joe LaCasce / UiO
Dates:  Week 13: 25 to 29 March 2019 & Week 19: 6 to 10 May
Credit points: 5 ECTS
Maximum no. of participants: 10
Registration here.
Submitted applicant list

Course description: The course examines nonlinear motion in the atmosphere and ocean from the perspective of turbulence theory. We begin with a simplified system to illustrate how linear motion becomes chaotic with nonlinearity. Then we examine Kolmogorov’s theory of 3-D turbulence, and its extension to two dimensions. We consider the implications for weather predictability and discuss how geophysical effects (the earth’s rotation, stratification) alter the flows. Then we consider the dispersion of passive tracers, like volcanic ash and spilled oil, in turbulent flows.

Outcomes: The students will learn basic elements in statistics and chaos theory. The student will also learn how nonlinear processes fundamentally affect the dynamics of atmospheric and oceanic flows, in particular by making them unpredictable, requiring statistical descriptions. Nonlinear processes are central to many observed phenomena, such as storm interactions and the transport of heat, pollutants and biological material.

Structure: The course will be held over two weeks, with five three hour lectures the first week and four the second week. The lectures will be given via video link, so the students will be able to attend at their home institutions. Problems are given out underway, and the students will present the results each morning. The students will also make a final presentation on a topic of interest to them which is also relevant to the course. There is no exam. The course has its own compendium, though supplemental reading will be suggested.
Week 13, 2019 – Lectures Monday to Friday 9:15 – 12:00
Week 19, 2019 – Lectures Monday to Thurdsay 9:15 – 12:00, Presentations Friday 9:15 – 15:00


Lecture 1: Statistics in a nutshell; Fourier transforms
Lecture 2: Chaos in a simplified system
Lecture 3: Energy conservation, triad interactions
Lecture 4: Kolmogorov’s theory for 3-D turbulence
Lecture 5: 2-D turbulence
Day 10: Student presentations

Data Assimilation Summer School @ Universitatea Politehnica Timisoara, Timisoara, Romania
Jul 22 – Aug 2 all-day

The 6th data assimilation summer school aims to educate and to familiarize graduate students (MSc and PhD) with the basic concepts of data assimilation, to illustrate them by applications and to offer an overview of special topics related to the challenges and issues of data assimilation in the geosciences.
The summer school will set an arena for discussions and debates around the big data challenge presents in practical applications of these methodologies: hydrology, atmospheric sciences, oceanography and geosciences.
This summer school targets primarily students and researchers at an early stage of their career with/without previous experience in data assimilation.
CHESS will support 5 PhD members to participate in the school.

For more details and registration, please check the website:

Advanced Climate Dynamic Courses (ACDC 2019) @ Yosemite Field Station, Yosemite National Park, USA
Sep 22 – Oct 4 all-day

Advanced Climate Dynamics Courses (ACDC), supported by CHESS and other agencies, are yearly summer schools organized by the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research (University of Bergen) in collaboration with the University of Washington, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and the University of Texas at Austin.

The online application for ACDC 2019 is now open. The summer school will take place at Yosemite Field Station, Yosemite National Park, USA | 22. September – 4. October, 2019. The topic is “The Anthropocene”.

Read the flyer here.

ACDC website and registration. Deadline: 1 April, 2019