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[Met-jobs] FW: Summer School: Modeling of Land Surface-Atmosphere Interactions

From "Pugh, Thomas Alan Miller (IMK)" <>
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Date Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:06:02 +0100

Dear all, please see the information about the summer school below:

MICMoR Summer School 2015
Modeling of Land Surface - Atmosphere Interactions KIT/IMK-IFU, 
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany August 16-26, 2015

The terrestrial biosphere, soils, hydrosphere and the atmosphere are highly 
dynamic compartments of the Earth system. All these compartments are tightly 
coupled and strongly interact in a complex way by the exchange of vast 
quantities of energy, water, greenhouse gases, nutrients and other trace 
substances. Feedback interactions between land surface processes and the 
atmosphere are particularly important over heterogeneous landscapes and in 
structurally complex areas such as mountain regions.

This course will provide PhD students and Postdocs the opportunity to deepen 
their understanding of land surface - atmosphere interactions and how to 
describe and simulate them in models. Course participants will engage in 
classroom lectures, computer lab simulation exercises, and fi eld tours to 
understand and directly apply knowledge about land surface - atmosphere 
interactions. One of the fi eld trips will be in collaboration with the InnSAR 
Summer School of the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Lectures will focus on 
the fundamental mechanisms that couple the atmosphere and biosphere, the common 
approaches to modeling these mechanisms, and to challenges for these models due 
to land-surface heterogeneity and ecosystem complexity. We will also provide 
hands-on instruction for the use of a suite of model types, covering a range of 
scales and complexity levels, from single plant to ecosystem and global 
simulations. Students will work in groups to design, implement, and present 
model-based mini-research projects.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to model the basics of the 
landsurface energy budget, biosphere - atmosphere fl ux exchanges, understand 
the modeling implications of different spatial and temporal scales, understand 
the sensitivity of land-surface processes to variable climate forcings, 
land-use and ecosystem structure changes. Participants will have gained 
hands-on experience with model-based experimentation, model evaluation, 
statistical analysis and scientifi c presentation of model results, and be 
familiar with the operations of at least two comprehensive land surface - 
atmosphere interaction modeling systems at different scales and complexity 

The course is open to a maximum of 25 participants (Graduate Students, 
Postdocs) with a background and research topic in land surface - atmosphere 
To apply, please submit a statement of motivation, a short CV highlighting your 
educational background and research positions or experience, and arrange to 
have a letter of recommendation sent by your advisor, or an academic familiar 
with your work. Please send your application documents to the MICMoR 
Coordination Offi ce at Application deadline is May 15, 
2015. There is no tuition fee; however, participants must cover travel and 
accommodation costs.

More information at:

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