General Information

The Earth System Science Spring School (ES4) takes place at a different location every year. ES4 provides NERC-funded PhD students, NERC staff currently working towards their PhD, and early-career NERC researchers with a broad foundation in earth system science and its applications. The school is managed by NCAS, in partnership with a number of UK research facilities. This partnership provides a wide-ranging knowledge base on which to draw to create a comprehensive and world-class curriculum.

es4 group photo in Scarborough 2010

Course details

The Earth System Science Spring School provides students with a background in Earth systems and how they interact. A wider knowledge of the Earth's systems allows students to place their research into context and encourages collaborations across disciplines. A mixture of lectures and practical sessions are used to deliver the course content, providing both scientific knowledge and hands-on experience. As well as formal learning, students will get experience of field work with a day spent in the field looking at geological aspects of the earth. Students will also present their own work, allowing them a relaxed environment to practise presentation skills and to learn about each other's work.

Download the  pdf ES4 2014 Timetable .

Partners involved in ES4 are:

  • British Antarctic Survey (BAS)
  • British Geological Survey (BGS)
  • Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy (CCCEP)
  • Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)
  • Dept of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics (DAMTP), University of Cambridge
  • Dept of Physics, Imperial College
  • NCAS Climate University of Reading
  • NCAS Composition University of York
  • NCAS Weather
  • National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO)
  • National Oceanographic Centre (NOC)

The School covers topics in atmospheric, earth, ecologic, hydrologic, marine, oceanographic and polar sciences, as well as climate change economics and policy. An extensive range of current research topics are taught in a number of formats, including formal lectures, workshops, group work, presentations, field observations and practical exercises.