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1st ODYSSEA Summer School

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Operational Oceanography for Science, Business and Society

Kavala, Greece, 3 – 12 September 2018

The application is open. Deadline for applications is 20 May 2018.

The overall objective of the 1st ODYSSEA Summer School is to stimulate a scientific dialogue and create a learning experience about operational oceanography in the Mediterranean context. More precisely, after the end of the program, the trainees, coming from both sides of the Mediterranean Sea basin, will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of operational oceanography
  • Use the ODYSSEA project platform for retrieving, managing and processing oceanographic and environmental data of the Mediterranean Sea
  • Explore the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) products, learn the data and parameters provided, download and process these datasets
  • Retrieve and use satellite datasets and explore databases on the marine environment
  • Learn about the modern developments on marine instruments and sensors used in field sampling for operational oceanographic monitoring
  • Get acquainted with the use of operational forecasting mathematical models e.g., hydrodynamic, wave, water quality models, etc.

The program intends to train oceanographers and engineers, young researchers, PhD candidates or professionals at the early stages of their professional carriers who are interested in learning to manage the available marine environment data to provide targeted and understandable information to the relevant end users. (Source: odysseaplatform.eu)

Please find all information on the Summer School and how to apply here:

==>  odysseaplatform.eu/events/operational-oceanography-for-science-business-and-society/

4th Baltic Earth Summer School

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“Climate of the Baltic Sea region”

Askö Laboratory, Trosa, Sweden, 20 – 27 August 2018

The application is open. Deadline for applications is 1 May 2018.

The course will focus on past and future changes in climate of the Baltic Sea region. The Baltic Sea is a semi-enclosed sea with a large freshwater supply from rivers of the adjacent catchment area in the transition zone between maritime and continental climates in northern Europe. Many long-term observational data are available and provide a good knowledge about oceanic changes during the past two centuries and even longer periods. Proxy-data of the past 1,000 to 2,000 years bear witness of a pronounced climate variability in the region.

In cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde and the international Baltic Earth Network, the students are offered a high-quality education, which is complemented by guest lecturers from the Baltic Sea states. (source: Baltic Earth)

Please find all information on the Summer School and how to apply here:

==> baltic.earth/summerschool2018

==> io-warnemuende.de/bess-2018

Your chance: International Summer School on “Climate of the Baltic Sea Region”




From the International Baltic Earth Secretariat

Third International Summer School on “Climate of the Baltic Sea Region” 28 August – 4 September 2017 co-organized by Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW) and University of Rostock under the umbrella of Baltic Earth (www.baltic.earth).

Organizer: The Baltic Earth programme, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde and Rostock University announce the Third International Summer School on “Climate of the Baltic Sea Region”, hosted by Askö Laboratory of Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre.

Course period: 8 days in total, 28 August – 4 September 2017

Lecturers/supervisors (confirmed so far):
1) Prof. Daniel Conley, University of Lund, Sweden
2) Prof. Christoph Humborg, Stockholm University, Sweden
3) Prof. Markus Meier, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde and Rostock University, Germany and Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Sweden
4) Prof. Piia Post, University of Tartu, Estonia
5) Dr. Marcus Reckermann, Baltic Earth Secretariat, HZG, Geesthacht, Germany

Scope: The course will focus on past and future changes in climate of the Baltic Sea region. The Baltic Sea is a semi-enclosed sea with a large freshwater supply from rivers of the adjacent catchment area in the transition zone between maritime and continental climates in northern Europe. Many long-term observational data are available and provide a good knowledge about oceanic changes during the past two centuries and even longer periods. Proxy-data of the past 1,000 to 2,000 years bear witness of a pronounced climate variability in the region.
Students will be introduced into fundamental processes of the atmosphere, ocean, sea-ice and land surface with relevance for the climate system. We will start from basic principles and equations of motion that describe the circulation and dynamics in the atmosphere, ocean and sea-ice. The available knowledge in the literature about water and energy balances will be presented. Further basic methods of the analysis and modeling of the regional climate system will be introduced, including the statistical analysis of time series to identify changes in regional climate. We will explain atmospheric pressure patterns of the large-scale circulation like the North Atlantic circulation with influence on the Baltic Sea and the corresponding catchment area.

The students will also be introduced into the functioning of the wind-driven and thermohaline circulations of the Baltic Sea. Furthermore, the course will deal with coupled atmosphere-ocean climate models, climate change, the greenhouse gas effect and other drivers of regional climate, dynamical downscaling, and the variability of circulation and regional climate. We will also study the possible impact of climate change on the marine ecosystem including biogeochemical cycles. With the help of teachers from several disciplines, a holistic Earth System approach will be presented although the main focus of the course is on the physical aspects of changing climate. In addition to lectures, tutorials, exercises and literature studies the course will give the students the opportunity to discuss the learned topics further during group exercises.

The School is open to undergraduate and graduate students in marine sciences and associated fields.

Application deadline: 1 May 2017.
More information:  www.baltic-earth.eu/summerschool2017

Coastal Summer School 2015

posted by Dr. Götz Flöser, HZG Organisator der jährlichen Summer Schools

18 junge Wissenschaftler aus 9 Ländern sind hier auf Helgoland versammelt, um etwas über Flussmündungssysteme wie Ems und Elbe zu lernen. Die Fachgebiete reichen von Strömungsmodellen bis zu wirtschaftlichen Überlegungen, und die Lehrenden kommen hauptsächlich vom HZG, IOW und der Uni Hamburg.

In der Jugendherberge ist es zwar etwas beengt, aber dafür ist die Szenerie vor dem Fenster einfach großartig. Das Wetter wechselt hier alle paar Minuten, und vom Gewittersturm bis zum schönsten Sonnenschein ist in diesen Tagen schon alles da gewesen. Faszinierend ist für mich zu sehen, wie diese unterschiedlichen Menschen im Lauf der Zeit zu einer Gemeinschaft zusammenwachsen. Man hört hier portugiesisch und ukrainisch, sogar litauisch war zu hören, als unsere Führerin über die Insel sich gestern als halbe Litauerin herausstellte.

Die An- und Abreise der Lehrer gestaltet sich etwas abenteuerlich, aber die Qualität der Lehre steht außer Frage, und es gibt hier sicher einige, die mit einem guten Eindruck und ein paar guten neuen Verbindungen in ihr Heimatland zurückkehren.

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Maybe your chance?!


From the International Baltic Earth Secretariat

Dear colleague,
a final reminder of our two educational summer events …

Impact of climate change on the marine environment with special focus on the role of changing extremes
International advanced PhD course co-organized by the “Baltic Ecosystem Adaptive Management” (BEAM) and Baltic Earth programmes and funded by BEAM
24 – 30 August 2015, Askö Laboratory, Trosa, Sweden,

The course will provide the students with interdisciplinary scientific knowledge on climate variability and ecosystem dynamics in the Baltic Sea catchment area and other regions surrounding coastal seas with similar climatic and environmental conditions (North Sea, Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Barents Sea, Laptev Sea, etc.). The aim is to develop an understanding of how changing climate influences biogeochemical and carbonate cycles and upper levels of the food web to enable the students’ participation in discussions on how to manage the Baltic Sea and to accommodate various stakeholder perspectives.
The School is open to graduate students and early career researchers in marine sciences and associated fields.

Application Deadline: 30 May 2015
More information: www.baltic-earth.eu/asko2015/

Challenges for Earth system science in the Baltic Sea region: From measurements to models
Doctoral Students Conference, jointly organized by Baltic Earth and the University of Tartu
10-14 August 2015, Physicum of University of Tartu and Island of Vilsandi, Estonia

The main goals of the Students Conference are to bring together young reseachers in the field of Earth system sciences from different countries surrounding the Baltic Sea, and to offer the opportunity for an oral talk and discussion in a relaxed informal atmosphere to provide new perspectives and inspiration. Renowned keynote speakers will give insights into current hot topics in the area. The conference will take place both at the University of Tartu, and on the island of Vilsandi.
The Conference is open to PhD Students and early stage researchers. A MSc degree is the minimum requirement.

Application Deadline: 01 June 2015
More information: www.baltic-earth.eu/tartu2015

A practical day during the EnMAP School

25th March 2015: a group of young scientists from Europe attending the 4th EnMAP School spend one day in the Helmholtz- Zentrum Geesthacht. The group split up into three.  Each group passes through 3 stations where they are supervised by our scientists.

Station 1 (90-110 minutes): A guided tour of selected groups of the Institute for Coastal Research

The students get an insight into the COSYNA observation system measuring and modelling methods. Lucas Merckelbach presents the Glider. Not only can the students learn about the technology of the three dimensional measurement in the sea but also see how many parameters can be measured by the Glider, its problems and some results.

After a vivid discussion the students are guided to a seminar room where they listen to a presentation about the ‘Ferry Box’. This presentation is delivered by Jochen Wollschläger. Afterwards, they get a chance to see a real Ferry Box and discuss about its advantages and disadvantages.

Finally, the students get hands-on experience of COSYNA and data management in the COSYNA Showroom, where they see results in the form of maps, plots and diagrams. The presentation is given by Gisbert Breitbach who afterwards hands over to Fabian Schwichtenberg. The final topic of our guided tour is ‘Assessment of Coastal Systems, measurements and models’.

In a nutshell, the tour aims to give an overview of selected measuring instruments of COSYNA as well as their network, sea parameters covered by the observation system and the work with the provided data.


Station 2: Ship cruise measurement

The students go on board of the ‘’Ludwig Prandtl’’ research vessel. We take a short cruise on the Elbe river starting in Tesperhude. The whole trip takes around 1,5 hours. On the way Martin Hieronymi explains different measuring methods as well as problems which arise due to bad weather or sea conditions. Today we are lucky. Apart from cold winds reaching 7,8m/s the sun is shining although some clouds appear on the sky. This has to be taken into consideration when data will be analysed. After reaching the site which is located approximately 2km upstream the students take water samples and all relevant information for their further laboratory analysis.


As, almost all students attending the 4th EnMAP School are working with remote sensing data or come from different research areas an experience on the Ludwig Prandtl is something completely new. Guided by Martin the students take all necessary measurements by themselves and get the feeling of ‘’real field work’’.

According to one student the ship cruise gives an insight into the huge amount of work which is done in order to get scientific data for further research. The knowledge about the origin of data is one of the most important parts of analysis and interpretation.

Gently kissed by the sun we leave the Ludwig Prandtl again in Tesperhude and take our samples to the lab.


Station 3: Lab and Data Analyzing

Kerstin Heymann explains how the samples have to be prepared for analyzing. There are several ways to work with the samples for getting specific data. First some of the samples are filtrated, which sounds easy, but the work on it is rather tricky. The students tried their best, anyway they realized, that working experience is very helpful to get a perfect result in short time.

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This article including photos has been created by our student Paulina Garbarczyk, who is doing an internship at the Baltic Earth Secretariat and several departments of the Institute of Coastal Research.

4th EnMAP Summer School

260315Voraussichtlich 2018 wird der deutsche Erdbeobachtungssatellit EnMAP (Environmental Mapping and Analysis Program) in die Erdumlaufbahn gebracht. Er wird die Erdoberfläche im Bereich des sichtbaren und des infraroten Lichts beobachten. Aus der Analyse der aufgezeichneten Daten werden sich Umweltveränderungen erkennen lassen.

Derzeit läuft die wissenschaftliche Vorbereitung der EnMAP-Mission. Dabei werden unter Anderem eigene Methoden für die Datenauswertung entwickelt. Durch diese ausführliche Vorbereitung wird zum Zeitpunkt des EnMAP-Starts rasch die Datenauswertung für ein breites Spektrum wissenschaftlicher Fragestellungen möglich sein.

Die Abteilung „Fernerkundung“ ist für die Vorbereitung und Entwicklung der Mess-, Aufzeichnungs- und Auswertungsverfahren für Küsten- und Binnengewässer federführend und Organisator der EnMAP Summer School. Lesen Sie hierzu das Interview mit Dr. Hajo Krasemann auf unserer Website.

Weitere Informationen zum EnMAP Projekt. Wir haben die Doktoranden gestern beim praktischen Teil begleitet und werden in Kürze darüber berichten.

Summer School 2015

Auch in diesem Jahr findet wieder eine Summer School statt, über die wir schon im Interview mit Dr. Götz Flöser berichtet hatten.

2015 wird es unter dem Thema „Zustand und Veränderung von Flussmündungen in Gezeitenmeeren“ einen interdisziplinären Überblick über den Forschungsstand und etwaige menschliche Einflüsse geben. Die Sommerschule richtet sich an Doktoranden und Postdocs in den Fachgebieten Umweltwissenschaften, Geologie, Physikalische und Chemische Ozeanographie und Biologie. Die Bewerbungsfrist endet am 1. Juni 2015. Für nähere Informationen zum vorläufigen Programm, Bewerbungsprozedere, Anreise und Unterkunft usw. gibt die Website Coastal Summerschool Auskunft.


Summer School on „System States and Transitions of Tidal Estuaries“

14 – 26 September 2015

Island of Helgoland and Town of Lauenburg

The summer school on „System States and Transitions of Tidal Estuaries“ will give an interdisciplinary overview on topics related to the functioning of tidal estuaries and their possible response to human impacts.

Experienced scientists from System Theory, Physical Oceanography, Sedimentology, Biogeochemistry, Marine Biology, Coastal Ecology, Marine Geology, and Economy will share their knowledge on estuarine systems with the students by providing state-of-the-art information and hands-on training during two intense weeks on the island of Helgoland and in the town of Lauenburg.

The Summer School, initiated by Hans Burchard from the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Research Warnemünde, is realized in cooperation of some of the leading National Centres for coastal research in Germany: Helmholtz Centre Geesthacht, MARUM, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Research Warnemünde. They have been organizing a common annual summer school since 2002 in Sylt, Helgoland, Büsum and Warnemünde.

For detailed information please visit the Website Coastal Summerschool.

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Ab in die Schule

Bei den Veranstaltungshinweisen im HZG Kalender findet sich ein Eintrag zur Summer School. Nanu? Nach Durchlesen des Artikels bin ich noch neugieriger als zuvor, was die Hintergründe betrifft. Also mache ich mich auf den Weg zu Dr. Götz Flöser, der Organisator dieser Veranstaltung ist.

KüNO Summer school on Marine benthic habitats

14 – 25 September 2014 in Lauenburg (Elbe) North Germany

Marine benthic habitats – function of sediments and valuation of their services