September 2012
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[Met-jobs] Call for Applications to GreenSeas Summer School on Global plankton data and climate

From Marcello Vichi <>
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Date Wed, 12 Sep 2012 16:32:19 +0200

Please distribute the following announcement.
Apologies for cross-posting

GreenSeas Summer School
Global plankton data: ecosystems, monitoring and modelling in an era of global warming

University of Capetown/ Africa House, Capetown, South Africa
28th Jan – 3rd Feb 2013

Climate change is arguably the greatest challenge facing mankind in the twenty-first century. The inherent processes, feedback mechanisms and interactions, can have unprecedented and dramatic impacts on marine ecology. Phytoplankton is a key component of the marine ecosystem, fixing atmospheric carbon and providing the primary food source for the zooplankton, together forming the base of the oceanic food chain. It is thus necessary to advance our quantitative knowledge of how planktonic marine ecosystems, will respond to environmental and climate change.

During the GreenSeas Summer School students will learn how to employ a combination of observation data, environmental indicators and numerical simulations to obtain an integrated, cross-disciplinary, global-in-scope understanding of global planktonic ecosystems and their role in a global information service, of further importance for assessment of environmental pressures and risks, including tensions and conflicts related to the depletion of natural resources.

In particular the summer school will include:.

    Processes and dynamics of planktonic ecosystems
    Sampling and analysis techniques
    Analysis of in situ data and data management
    Advanced statistical data and time series analysis
    Remote sensing techniques and environmental indicators
    Ocean modelling and data assimilation
    Integrated use of in situ, remote sensing data and simulations

involving theoretical lectures, practical exercises and computational case studies.

The summer school is primarily aimed at PhD students late in their term and early PostDocs. If there is an oversubscription students from the ICPC countries and Europe will have precedence. Accommodation and expenses at the summer school is fully covered. Students may apply for full or partial coverage of their travel expenses, subject to further terms.

Students should submit their applications (a web-form) no later than October 15 2012 to the summer school team. Requests about the summer school should be directed to

Dr Marcello Vichi
Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC)
Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV)
Viale Aldo Moro 44, 40127 Bologna. Italy
Tel: +39 051 3782631 Fax: +39 051 3782654
skype: marcello_vichi

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