Austria, Innsbruck

Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research on Surface-Atmosphere Exchange over Mountainous Terrain

when 22 August 2015 - 29 August 2015
duration 1 week
credits 5 ECTS
fee EUR 750

Surface-Atmosphere exchange processes play an essential role in a wide range of fields such as numerical weather prediction, climate modeling, glaciology, air pollution assessment and environmental modeling and hydrology. In complex mountainous terrain not only the models need to be adapted to slanting surfaces and inherently non-homogeneous conditions, also many observational techniques require special attention and process understanding must be revisited. InnSAR will provide state-of-the-art knowledge on these topics through lectures, excursions and hands-on student projects with a focus on:

Planetary boundary layer processes in complex terrain

Trace gas and aerosol exchange in mountainous region

Mass and energy fluxes over snow and ice surfaces

The Summer School is organized by the Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics, University of Innsbruck (Austria) and its Center of Climate and Cryosphere

Course leader

M. Rotach (Univ. Innsbruck), Th. Karl (Univ. Innsbruck), G. Kaser (Univ. Innsbruck), M. Graus (Univ. Innsbruck), L. Nicholson (Univ. Innsbruck), I. Stiperski (Univ. Innsbruck), F. Obleitner (Univ. Innsbruck), A. Held (Univ. Bayreuth), J. Pomeroy (Univ.

Target group

This summer school addresses PhDs, post-docs and young researchers working in the fields of atmospheric physics, chemistry or glaciologiy and being interested in advancing their knowledge on surface exchange processes in complex terrain.

Course aim

addresses Surface-Atmosphere Exchange processes over Mountainous Terrain with focus on three particular topics:

Planetary boundary layer processes in complex terrain

Trace gas and aerosol exchange in mountainous region

Mass and energy fluxes over snow and ice surfaces

The course will provide participants the opportunity to deepen realted knowledge through lectures, excursions to field sites and laboratories and student projects based on evaluation of existing data or modeling. Participants will be assigned to one of these focii and a corresponding project, which is shared with a colleague, respectively. Your studies will be supported by at least two instructors per group.

Credits info

5 ECTS
The course is open to a maximum of 21 participants.
Particpants are requested to submit an abstract comprising a short CV and description of the educational background and current research. Submission deadline 25May2015

Fee info

EUR 750: The fee covers full board and lodging at the Summerschool's venue close to Innsbruck, as well as cost related to excursions.