Advanced Climate Dynamics Courses

ACDC 2020/21 - cancelled, moved to ACDC 2022

The summer school will take place at Abisko Scientific Research Station, Abisko National Park, Sweden | August/September, 2022. The topic is "Dynamics of the Global Water Cycle".

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Due to the COVID-19 situation, ACDC 2020/21 has been cancelled.
We aim to be able to offer the summer school on the same topic next year.  

Application process
The application will open early 2022    

If you have any questions, please contact acdc@uib.no

Advanced graduate students (PhDs). Other applications will be considered on a case by case basis if there is space (admission is competitive). 

Please note that we expect participants to join field work, sleeping outdoors in tents and hiking as part of the summer school. This means that there will be basic requirements for physical fitness, appropriate clothing and gear for sleeping outside (please consult What to bring for more details).

To mix students and lecturers with empirical and dynamical training within climate science and focus on understanding the basic principles and dynamics relating to the global water cycle.

Participants will receive 4 ECTS credits for the course.

Key topics to be included: 
- Atmospheric moisure transport
- Hurricanes, storms, typhons and extreme weather
- Effect of the atmospheric water cycle on ocean circulation and ocean fresh water budgets
- Floods and flood variability
- Soilmoisture
- Water balance and agriculture
- The water cycle in paleo proxies
- Cryosphere, ice-ocean interaction and ice cores
- Sea level and ice sheets 

This summer school broadly treats the dynamics of the global cycle of fresh water among land, atmosphere, ocean, and ice reservoirs. Water cycling is treated over synoptic, seasonal, and longterm timescales from the perspectives of fundamental dynamics, empirical observations, and societal implications. Lectures will consist of a broad overview and then deeper research-level inquiries around themes of the oceanic and atmospheric transport of fresh water, extreme storm events and floods, soil moisture and its implications for agriculture, and ice-ocean interactions and implications for changes in sea level. A priority of the summer school is to identify a set of tractable research questions around the theme of the global water cycle - potentially spanning traditional disciplinary boundaries - and to make substantial group-level progress in researching answers to these questions. Some research projects are envisioned to leverage local information from the Abisko and Tarfala research stations, as well as dedicated time for field work during the school. 

All of the local expenses (accomodation, food, field work etc) will be covered by the summer school. Students are, however, expected to cover their own travel to and from the venue.

A limited number of travel stipends are available. Please specify in the application if the participation is dependent upon travel support.    

Confirmed lecturers:
Axel Timmermann (IBS Center for Climate Physics)
David Battisti (University of Washington) 
Gunhild (Ninis) Rosqvist (Stockholm University)
Iselin Medhaug (UiB/ETH Zurich)
Jake Gebbie (WHOI) 
Kerim H. Nisancioglu (UiB/BCCR/UiO)
Morgan E. O'Neill (Stanford)
Natalya Gomez (McGill University)
Øyvind Paasche (UiB/BCCR)
Patrick Heimbach (University of Texas at Austin)
Peter Huybers (Harvard University)
Ruth Mottram (Danish Meteorological Institute)

Practical information
Updated information on the venue and practical details including program can be found here