Climate change has led to an increasing demand from society on the climate research community for process understanding, improved scenarios, reduced uncertainties, and more reliable data for mitigation and impact studies. To meet this demand, fundamental research on the physics and chemistry of the various components of the climate system (e.g. atmosphere, hydrosphere, lithosphere, and cryosphere), and their mutual interactions is pivotal. This requires a new generation of researchers that have strong in-depth knowledge in their specific parts of the climate system, but at the same time are equipped with a broader knowledge to comprehend the overall picture in the coupled Earth System. Furthermore, the demand from society to be informed about changing climates can only be met when researchers are able to communicate with experts from other disciplines as well as with a layman person.
The Norwegian Research School on Changing Climates in the coupled Earth SyStem (CHESS), which started in November 2015, is a direct response to this demand and comprises 13 national partners from Bergen, Oslo, Tromsø, and Svalbard. CHESS entails most of the major institutions in Norway that educate PhD students in the Earth System with relevance to changing climates.
In order to strengthen the national research training, the school coordinates a wide range of activities, including
(1) short, intensive courses with international expert lecturers;
(2) specialized workshops and summer schools;
(3) annual event exposing the students to the multidisciplinary challenges of climate change to societies and ecosystems;
(4) annual meeting for all members of CHESS;
(5) focus on network building and gender related issues.