Summer School on Predictability of Marine Ecosystems, from physical oceanography to fisheries

When:
January 13, 2020 – January 21, 2020 all-day
2020-01-13T00:00:00+01:00
2020-01-22T00:00:00+01:00
Where:
University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Responsible: Noel Keenlyside / UiB, Mathieu Rouault / UCT&Nansen Tutu Centre (ZA)
Max. no. of participants: 5 CHESS students, and 30 students in total. Travel and accommodation costs will be supported for CHESS students.
Credit points: 2 ECTS
Registration: Please send an email to Nilgun Kulan (nilgun.kulan@uib.no) to express your interest, stating your nationality, research topic, and project involved.
Deadline: 14 October 2019


Description of course:

Improved climate predictions coupled with marine ecosystem and impact assessment models are needed to reduce uncertainties in the climatic impacts of climate change and to develop appropriate adaptation plans. Towards this goal, the EU H2020 TRIATLAS project, coordinated by UiB, aims to enhance knowledge of the marine ecosystems and how it responds to climatic (and other) pressures in key areas of the Atlantic using existing and pivotal new (physical, biological, societal) observations and state-of-the-art (Earth system, ecological, and socio-economic) models. This ambitious project calls for the training of a new generation of researchers able to work across disciplines and engage with stakeholders, and thereby to address issues related to sustainable development. The summer school gathers a diverse group of students and experts working in these fields to tackle the above goals in an interdisciplinary context.

Objectives:

  • To stimulate a new generation of researchers to work across the research fields of climate, oceanography, marine-ecosystem, fisheries, and societal impacts, through lectures and exercises on theory, observations, and modelling in these fields.
  • To develop communication skills required for bridging the gap between different scientific communities working on a common goal, which in the case of summer school is the sustainable management of human activities in the Atlantic, through structured group works.
  • To increase awareness of the challenges and transdisciplinary research approaches used in stakeholder engagement, through a lecture and a group exercise.
  • Create a lasting inter-institutional network/community on these topics, by being made aware of the All Atlantic Alliance forum of which TRIATLAS is a part.

Outcomes:

  • Participants will gain advanced knowledge on available observations and state-of-the-art climate and ecosystem models;
  • Acquire concepts and tools for understanding and carrying out analysis of bio-physical- interactions;
  • Gain skills in working in an interdisciplinary context;
  • Develop international networks and integrate the ever growing All Atlantic Alliance community, which goes beyond scientific actors;
  • Increased Norwegian involvement in research on the tropical and south Atlantic climate, oceanography, marine ecosystem, and fisheries.

Learning modules/structure:

The summer school will consist in 7 days of morning lectures and afternoon student projects and group work. The student activities will consist in the intercomparing of three selected ecosystems by mixed teams of different backgrounds. They will work on preparing a joint student paper on the approaches and challenges to interdisciplinary research of climatic and other pressures on the tropical and South Atlantic marine ecosystem.