Climate Modelling Summer School

ss2007This intensive 12-day course is aimed at advanced PhD students and post-doctoral researchers, working in the natural sciences wishing to become experts in climate modelling. A poster for the school is available Climate School Poster - please feel free to download it to distribute at your institute.

Registration for the 2013 School is now closed; the next School will be held in Summer 2015.

 

Run by international climate modelling experts, the course will include:

  • A background to the theory of climate models, the workings of the climate system, and current challenges in climate modelling
  • Practical training on how to design, run and evaluate climate models

A typical day will consist of lectures in the morning, practical sessions in the afternoons and evening activities e.g. seminars from leading climate scientists.

At the end of this course, participants should be able to understand:

  • The fundamental principles of the science contained in the models
  • How the different areas of science in modern climate models are interconnected
  • How models are implemented and operated on modern supercomputers
  • How to assess the quality of the model results and how to perform high-level analysis
  • How climate science is used for policy making.

The course is split into a number of sections:

  • Climate Components led by Pier Luigi Vidale (NCAS-Climate, University of Reading)
  • Elements of computational fluid dynamics led by Hilary Weller (NCAS-Climate, University of Reading)
  • Idealised GCM laboratory led by Hilary Weller (NCAS-Climate, University of Reading)
  • Climate Interactions led by Rowan Sutton (NCAS-Climate, University of Reading)
  • Model design and analysis led by Len Shaffrey (NCAS-Climate, University of Reading)
  • The Climate Laboratory led by Pier Luigi Vidale (NCAS-Climate, University of Reading)

In addition to these sessions, evening seminars and events will be held. On the second Thursday there will be a Formal Dinner and a guest speaker will be invited to talk after dinner.

Participants at the summer school will be asked to give presentations of group work in the second week of the course.