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[Met-jobs] Winter school in "Diversity of planetary circulation regimes, in our solar system and beyond", Les Houches, France, March 6-10 - second call

From Roger Brugge <>
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Date Fri, 30 Dec 2016 13:28:15 +0000

We would like to advertise a Winter School entitled "Diversity of planetary 
circulation regimes, in our solar system and beyond", taking place March 6-10, 
2017 at the Les Houches Physics center ( ) based 
in Les Houches, France.

We will present the recent observational data and modelling studies pertaining 
to the variety of planetary atmospheres circulation regimes, including giant 
and terrestrial planets. We will also discuss the theory of planetary physical 
processes (e.g. circulation, dynamics, thermodynamics, radiative transfer, 
cloud microphysics) and review the current status of the modelling of planetary 
atmospheres in order to calculate observables such as light curves. This 
interdisciplinary school wishes to contribute to bridging the gap between Earth 
science, planetary science, and astrophysics.

The Physics school of Les Houches is located in the French Alps (Savoy) and has 
been hosting worldwide renowned training and scientific events since 1951. 
Lodging and food are provided on site. Ample time will be reserved for 
individual and joint social activities. Arrival of participants is possible 
after 3 pm on Sunday March 5th.

All practical information concerning reaching the location of the school and 
the available facilities can be found at:

Topics that will be addressed are the following:
- What are the various circulation regimes of Earth, Solar system planets and 
exoplanets (theory/observation)?
- What have we learned from Earth climate dynamics that can be applied to 
- Which properties are relevant for habitability?
- How can we use knowledge of planetary physics to better understand the Earth 
climate system and its response to forcings?
- How do the very diverse radiation regimes affect the circulation? What are 
the main feedbacks?
- How to deal with complex processes such as clouds, shocks, lightenings, 
hydrological cycle, weathering?
- How to construct flexible modeling tools?

Lectures will be delivered by about 20 speakers. The number of additional 
participants is limited to 50. The deadline to apply is January, 15th 2017, and 
early applicants will be given priority. The participants will be encouraged to 
bring over a poster for presenting their research activities. Full or partial 
financial support will be provided to selected participants. Details for 
registration are given in the school website:

For questions, please contact Nicolas Iro 

The organizing committee:
Daniel Apai (Department of Astronomy, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA)
Francois Forget (LMD, CNRS, Paris, France)
Nicolas Iro, (CEN - Institute of Meteorology, University of Hamburg, Germany)
Valerio Lucarini (CEN, University of Hamburg, Germany/Department of Mathematics 
and Statistics, University of Reading, Reading, UK)
Raymond Pierrehumbert (Department of Physics, Oxford University, UK)

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