Winter School on the Influence of Diabatic Processes on Atmospheric Development

March 3, 2019 – March 8, 2019 all-day
Kvalheim Fritid
5937 Bøvågen

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).


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  • 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.