Introduction to Atmospheric Science
January 20-24 2020, Leeds
Leading atmospheric scientists introduce you to the key concepts of atmospheric science.
Broaden your understanding of atmospheric processes and interactions, develop an awareness of how your work fits within the big picture, and discover the unexpected connections between different research projects.
Begin to build your knowledge and become part of the atmospheric science community. We will work with you to provide the foundations for your work in atmospheric science and develop a route forward for more detailed study.
Attendance on the Introduction to Atmospheric Science Course is a pre-requisite for attendance on the Atmospheric Measurement Summer School.
The NCAS Introduction to Atmospheric Science Course provides a broad overview of atmospheric science which will be valuable to any student and early career researcher working in the field.
Participants should leave with a better understanding of how their work relates to other areas and a route forward for further detailed study
Some of the specific topics covered:
- Weather: atmospheric thermodynamics, weather systems, cloud physics, atmospheric boundary layer
- Composition of the mesosphere, stratosphere and troposphere
- Air quality, atmospheric aerosols
- Climate: variability and modelling, atmospheric chemistry, radiative forcings
The course is delivered by experts in the field from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and other NERC Research Centres and universities
Key staff include:
- Professor Stephen Mobbs: Director, National Centre for Atmospheric Science
- Professor Alistair Lewis: Deputy Director, National Centre for Atmospheric Science
- Professor Geraint Vaughan: Director of Observations, National Centre for Atmospheric Science
- Dr John King: Science Leader, Atmosphere, Ice and Climate, British Antarctic Survey
- Professor John Pyle FRS: National Centre for Atmospheric Science
Detailed Learning Outcomes
- Introduction to Weather systems: Extratropical cyclones; tropical cyclones and hurricanes; deep convection and tornadoes
- Atmospheric thermodynamics
- Cloud physics including cloud condensation nuclei and ice nuclei
- Atmospheric Dynamics
- Atmospheric Boundary Layer
- Atmospheric composition time evolution 5 billion years of change.
- Pre-oxygen atmosphere, oxygen in the atmosphere, ozone layer, present day.
- Composition and chemistry of the stratosphere
- Chapman chemistry, Ozone layer, Circulations, Catalytic Ozone loss, CFCs, Ozone hole, Montreal protocol, Recovery, Research
- Composition and chemistry of the troposphere
- Ox, HOx, NOx chemistry, Ozone production / destructions, VOC vs NOx limited, Isoprene chemistry, Halogen chemistry
- Aerosols in the troposphere, Sources, sinks, Size, Processes
- Air pollution
- Different pollutants, Regulatory limits, Measurements, Issues
- What is climate, recent observations, palaeo observations, ice ages, brief history of the science
- Radiative forcings, feedbacks, climate sensitivity, simple energy balance models, uncertainties
- Atmospheric chemistry & climate, ozone, aerosols, volcanoes
- Climate models - what are they? Projections of future climate, detection & attribution
- Climate variability - ENSO, AMO, PDO, NAO, monsoons, stratosphere, role of ocean
The next Introduction to Atmospheric Science Course will take place in January 2019. Applications have now closed.
- August 2019: Applications open
- November 16 2019: Applications close
- November 26 2019: Offers made
- January 2020: Introduction to Atmospheric Science Course
Full Academic Price 2019
Educational Discounted Price 2019
May be available to those students or post-docs not eligible for the subsided rate.
NCAS Subsidised Price 2019
EU students attending UK universities or students supervised by NCAS staff
Prices for 2020 will be confirmed before the launch of the applications.
Students eligible for the NCAS subsided price who are accepted to attend Introduction to Atmospheric Science and Atmospheric Measurement Summer Schools will be offered a reduced rate to attend both courses of £995 (a saving of over £130). This rate is only available to students applying to attend both courses before the application deadline for IAS.
Once you have been offered a place on this course, you will be asked to pay the course fees via the University of Leeds online store.
The course fee includes all tuition, activities, materials and organised social events.
A welcome dinner will be provided on Monday night and a final course meal on Thursday night. Refreshments including lunch will be provided throughout the teaching day.
What's Not Included
Accommodation is not provided as part of the course and students should arrange their own. Students will need to arrange all meals other than those referred to above.
Delegates are responsible for arranging and paying for their own transport to and from the course.
Terms and Conditions
NCAS Event Terms and Conditions
Attendees are required to pay in full by credit/debit card or provide a valid purchase order from their home organisation by the confirmation deadline. All payments and refunds are processed by the University of Leeds.
Cancellations of places on courses are subject to a £50 administration fee where the cancellation is made more than six weeks before the date of the training course. The remaining balance of the course fee will be refunded.
No refund is payable for a cancellation made within six weeks immediately prior to the training course – in this event the full course fee will remain payable.
In the event that a place can be filled by another student then the full fee (less the £50 administration fee) will be refunded once the replacement student has paid in full.
It may be necessary for NCAS to change the content and timing of a course, the staff, the date or the venue. In the unlikely event of the course being cancelled by NCAS, a full refund will be made. For all bookings, the liability of NCAS/University of Leeds shall be limited to the amount of the fee actually paid to NCAS/University of Leeds by the delegate.