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[Met-jobs] Summer school

From Pierre Gentine - Columbia University <>
Date Thu, 6 Nov 2014 09:07:13 -0500

could you advertise the following summer school:
Thanks a lot

Alpine Summer School - Course XXIII

Land-atmosphere interactions: coupling between the energy, water and carbon cycles

Valsavarenche, Valle d'Aosta (Italy), 21 June (arrival)- 2 July (departure), 2014

The land surface and the overlying atmosphere are tightly coupled systems. These feedbacks are regulated through the interface: the planetary boundary layer in which intense turbulence occurs. Land-atmosphere interactions are important sources of seasonal climate predictability in several parts of the world. Soil moisture and vegetation are key parameters influencing land-atmosphere interactions in the climate system by modifying the surface energy, moisture and carbon fluxes, and boundary conditions for the boundary layer. Because soil moisture, vegetation, turbulence (boundary layer and moist convection) organize on many different temporal and spatial scales, the study of land-atmosphere interactions has been notoriously difficult. The study of land-atmosphere interactions encompass a wide range of disciplines, which will be discussed during the summer school from soil science, surface hydrology, hydrometeorology, plant physiology, turbulence, convection and atmosphere circulation. As such there is no single type of land-atmosphere interactions but a wide variety of cases embedded within the larger-scale general circulation. 
There have been considerable developments in recent years on the subject so that an up-to-date summer school presenting a quantitative approach outlining physical principles, and the mathematical basis of land-atmosphere interactions is required. A book, following up on this summer school and using the lecture materials will be published by Wiley in 2016.

The courses will cover: 
Surface energy, carbon and water balances, soil-plant-atmosphere continuum and plant physiology (motion through the soil, roots, xylem and stomata), surface and boundary layer turbulence, feedback analysis, heterogeneity, shallow and deep convection, extremes, annual and cold season coupling between radiation-turbulence and precipitation, metrics in land-stmohspere interactions, modeling and remote sensing observations.

Financial aid
US-based student may apply for financial aid if they apply before December 1, 2014.

Pierre Gentine
Assistant Professor
Earth Institute &
Department of Earth & Environmental Engineering
Columbia University
500 W 120th st., 842D
New York, NY 10027
Phone: (212) 854-7287

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