Python programming course for climate scientists @ Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen, Bergen
Jan 23 – Jan 25 all-day

Three days intensive Python programming course tailored for climate scientists.

Lecturers: Clemens Spensberger and Albin Severinson.

Credit points: The workload is three full days with teaching and exercise and corresponds to 1 ECTS.

Lecture room: 4th floor lecture room 4060, West Wing, Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen.

Maximum no. of participants: 15

Registration: The deadline has passed and the course is fully booked.

Submitted applicant list

This is a crash course in Python for climate scientists. The course will introduce the basics and intermediate concepts of Python. However, the main goal is to give you access to the tools you need to efficiently analyse climate data. This includes loading, storing, processing and plotting time series, tabular and gridded, e.g., netcdf-formatted, data. We will also introduce several programming techniques to speed up your development, e.g., test-driven development and effectively structuring your code. Finally, we will cover how to write high-performance code using highly optimized libraries and just-in-time compilation.

The course is interactive (we’re all about the practicals!) with a splash of theory to help you understand the motivation behind the solutions we propose. You will need a laptop with a working installation of Anaconda Python v3.6 (or equivalent) to participate. Furthermore, we expected you to have some prior programming experience and to be somewhat familiar with the basics of Python. We suggest looking through the first four sections of Python by example to get up to speed.

Looking forward to seeing you in Bergen.

Science Communication – Creating Scientific Illustrations @ University of Bergen
Feb 11 @ 11:00 am – Feb 15 @ 1:00 pm

Do you want to use illustrations as an effective communication tool? Learn the essentials of graphic design and visual communication theory, drawing by hand and drawing digitally during this one week course with Pina Kingman. Join the course 11-15 February 2019 in Bergen, apply within 16 December 2018.

This course is offered as a joint effort of 6 Norwegian research schools: DEEP, CHESS, NORBIS, ForBio, IBA and Digital Life, so we have only a limited number of places. Accepted applicants will be notified before January 2019.

CHESS student members can attend the course free of charge. Travel and accommodation costs will also be covered.

Course desciption and registration here.

Turbulence in the Atmosphere and Ocean @ Forskningsparken, Oslo
Feb 25 – Mar 29 all-day

Lecturer: Joe LaCasce / UiO
Dates:  Week 9: 25 February to 1 March 2019 & Week 13: 25 to 29 March 2019
Credit points: 5 ECTS
Maximum no. of participants: 10
Registration here. Deadline: 8 February 2019
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 9, 2019 – Lectures Monday to Friday 9:15 – 12:00
Week 13, 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

Winter School on the Influence of Diabatic Processes on Atmospheric Development @ Kvalheim Fritid
Mar 3 – Mar 8 all-day

First circular for the Winter School on Diabatic Processes on Atmospheric Development

Winter school on the influence of diabatic and air-sea interaction processes on cyclone development, storm tracks, and cold air outbreaks and features recent field campaigns such as NAWDEX (North Atlantic Waveguide and Downstream impact Experiment) and IGP (Iceland-Greenland-Seas Project).


  • Click here for application.
  • Applicants need to submit a title and abstract (max. 300 words) of the work they will present, as well as a short motivation statement (max. 200 words).
  • Application deadline: 7 December 2018.
  • Notification of acceptance by 20 December.

Submitted applicant list

Maximum no. of participants: 30 PhD students or early career scientists.

Cost: Members of the Norwegian research school CHESS will get the course, travel, and food covered. There is a participation fee of 6000 NOK for PhD students who are not a member of the Norwegian research school CHESS, which covers the winter school, food, transport from Bergen to Kvalheim, and accomodation from 3 to 8 March..

Credit points: The workload is five full days with teaching, presentations, and group work, which corresponds to 2 ECTS.

Location: Kvalheim Fritid, one hour drive from Bergen. A bus will be set up from Bergen to Kvalheim on the evening of Sunday 3 March as well as for the return trip Friday 8 March afternoon.

Objectives: The winter school will provide an overview of the state-of-the art of dynamical paradigms and modelling frameworks as well as forecasting capabilities for cyclone and storm track interactions with diabatic processes and air-sea interactions. Students will be introduced to newly obtained field campaign data from NAWDEX and IGP as well as cutting edge diagnostics and theoretical paradigms that are still under further development. Theoretical, observational, and modelling background will be covered and assessed for applicability to idealized and real case simulations. Expert lecture topics range from energetics of storms, moist baroclinic instability, moisture sources, diabatic PV tracers, adjoint sensitivity, reliability analysis, Lagrangian PV tendencies, frontal dynamics, air-sea interactions, to field campaign planning and execution. The Winter school will bring together young scientists studying different aspects associate with an overarching theme of diabatic processes. Through expert lectures, student poster presentations, and case study projects, the PhD students will be exposed to a variety of topics and be able to bridge approaches and apply methods for their own research.

Outcomes: Participants will gain advanced knowledge on dynamical and observational aspects regarding diabatic processes in the atmosphere related to latent heat release and surface fluxes. They will develop a synergistic view encompassing both local to mesoscale and synoptic to large-scale perspectives. Lectures will be given by experts listed below. Participants will obtain:
1. Knowledge of state-of-the art theoretical paradigms and diagnostics.
2. Overview of modelling approaches and assessment of forecasting capabilities.
3. Insights into planning and conducting field campaigns (e.g., NAWDEX and IGP).
4. Analysing real and idealised simulations and compare them to observations.
5. Foundation to develop their international research network.

Lecturers: Thomas Spengler (University of Bergen), Harald Sodemann (University of Bergen), Heini Wernli (ETH Zürich), Mark Rodwell (ECMWF), Michael Reeder (Monash University), Suzanne Gray (Reading University), James Doyle (Naval Research Laboratory), Ian Renfrew (University of East Anglia), Hylke de Vries (Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute).

Learning modules: The winter school will consist of expert lectures, poster presentations by PhD students (prepared before the course), and different case study projects, where participants will team up in groups of 2-3 each, utilizing different methods, model and/or observational data.

Detailed program schedule: Announced by December 2018.

The school will start Sunday evening 3 March with an icebreaker followed by dinner and finishes Friday 8 March in the afternoon.

CHESS Annual Meeting 2019 @ Voksenåsen Kultur og Konferansehotell
Mar 13 – Mar 15 all-day

All CHESS PhD candidates and supervisor members are warmly invited to our Annual Meeting 2019, which will take place at Voksenåsen Kultur og Konferansehotell in Oslo. The meeting is an excellent opportunity for all members to get together for scientific discussions, networking, and socializing.

The tentative program can be viewed here.

Student presentations

All PhD candidates are expected to present their research, either as a poster or an oral presentation, which is a great opportunity to get feedback from fellow PhD candidates and supervisors.

Each presentation session will be chaired by two PhD candidates, who will give a 5-minute introduction to the session topic at the beginning of their session. In addition, they are responsible to monitor the timing of the whole session. If you would like to be a session chair, please indicate this on the registration form.

Duration of each talk will be 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions and discussion. A committee, consisting of both PhD candidates and supervisors, will give comments and feedback to each presenter. About a third of all PhD candidates will give oral presentations and the remaining two thirds will present their work in one of the two poster sessions on either Wednesday or Thursday before dinner.


Travel and accommodation will be covered for all PhD candidates and supervisors. As we have limited rooms available, we would appreciate that PhD candidates agree to share a room with a fellow PhD candidate.

Practical information

Local transport:

A bus service to the hotel will be arranged with pick-up of participants from Oslo airport at 11am Wednesday morning. Participants living in Oslo can take T-bane number 1 (Frognerseteren) to Voksenkollen and walk 5-10 minutes to the hotel. On Friday, a bus will take participants to Oslo Central Station, for those who will take a train back to Bergen, and then continue to Oslo airport.

We encourage all participants to book their trips as soon as possible for a reasonable ticket price.

Registration & abstract submission

Please register with the form :

Registration deadline: 18 January 2019.

CHESS students should submit abstracts and register at the same time.

For students and supervisors: please note that registration will become binding after 15 February, and cancellation after this date might incur a charge of NOK 3000.

For questions regarding the registration and the program, please contact us at