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[Met-jobs] NERC Advanced Training Course – Earth Observations for Weather and Climate Studies

From Roger Brugge <r.brugge@reading.ac.uk>
To "met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk" <met-jobs@lists.reading.ac.uk>
Date Mon, 18 Jul 2016 09:10:45 +0000

NERC Advanced Training Course – Earth Observations for Weather and Climate 
Studies

Suitable for postgraduate students and postdocs

Dates of course:  5-9 September 2016
Location:  University of Reading, Reading, UK

Web link:  Details can be found 
here<http://www.store.reading.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=2&modid=2&deptid=18&catid=68&prodid=740>.


Summary:

Earth observation (EO) plays a crucial role in providing weather/climate 
records, advancing our understanding of the weather and climate systems, and 
improving model representations.  In addition to their unique role in 
weather/climate science and services, EO data are also a rapidly growing 
economic area.  The course is aimed at PhD students or early career researchers 
who are working in weather/climate science, and wish to use EO data for 
understanding atmospheric processes and improving model simulations in a 
quantitative manner.

This 5-day training course combines lectures, practical sessions, student 
presentations and group projects.  A team of experienced lecturers and 
researchers at the Department of Meteorology of the University of Reading will 
deliver morning lectures, introducing students to theoretical principles of 
satellite-based remote sensing measurements.  They will also demonstrate and 
supervise afternoon practical sessions for students to conduct their group 
projects.  Group projects will be based on well-defined research topics with 
2–3 open questions; students will learn to analyse weather/climate model 
output, and run state-of-the-art radiative transfer models, visualisation tools 
and advanced satellite simulators in the Reading computing lab.


Course objectives:

The objectives of the training course are 1) to review fundamentals of weather, 
climate and radiative transfer models applied to remote sensing; and 2) to 
develop knowledge and practical skills for synthesising EO data for emerging 
weather and climate issues.  At the end of the training course, the students 
will be able to:

• Develop and evaluate retrieval methods for sensing lands/oceans, aerosols, 
clouds, precipitation, temperature and humidity;
• Evaluate weather/climate model output using radiative transfer models and 
satellite simulators; and
• Synthesise large EO data sets by using and modifying visualisation tools.

This course focuses on quantitative aspects of extracting information from EO 
data, and the underpinning physics of this, rather than image interpretation.


Contact names:
Sinead O’Flynn s.oflynn@reading.ac.uk<mailto:s.oflynn@reading.ac.uk>
Dr Christine Chiu (c.j.chiu@reading.ac.uk<mailto:c.j.chiu@reading.ac.uk>)


How to register:
Please use this web 
link<http://www.store.reading.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=2&modid=2&deptid=18&catid=68&prodid=740>
 to register this course (via "Book Event").

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Dr Christine Chiu Associate Professor of Atmospheric Physics
Room 504, The Philip Lyle Bldg. Tel: +44 0118 378 5574
Department of Meteorology Email: 
c.j.chiu@reading.ac.uk<mailto:c.j.chiu@reading.ac.uk>
University of Reading Web: 
http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/~xs902448/home/<http://www.met.reading.ac.uk/%7Exs902448/home/>
PO Box 243
Reading, RG6 6BB, UK









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