International Baltic Earth Summer School 2017

Deadline: 1 May 2017
Open to: master or PhD students in marine sciences and associated fields from all Baltic Sea countries
Venue: 28 August – 4 September 2017 at Askö Laboratory, Trosa, Sweden


The International Baltic Earth Summer School will focus on:

  • Past and future changes in climate of the Baltic Sea region;
  • Introduction into fundamental processes of the atmosphere, ocean, sea-ice and land surface with relevance for the climate system;
  • Basic principles and equations of motion that describe the circulation and dynamics in the atmosphere, ocean and sea-ice;
  • Presentation of available knowledge in the literature about water and energy balances;
  • Basic methods of the analysis and modeling of the regional climate system;
  • Statistical analysis of time series to identify changes in regional climate;
  • Explain atmospheric pressure patterns of the large-scale circulation like the North Atlantic circulation with influence on the Baltic Sea and the corresponding catchment area;
  • Functioning of the wind-driven and thermohaline circulations of the Baltic Sea;
  • Coupled atmosphere-ocean climate models, climate change, the greenhouse gas effect and other drivers of regional climate, dynamical downscaling, and the variability of circulation and regional climate.

The course will also study the possible impact of climate change on the marine ecosystem including biogeochemical cycles. With the help of teachers from several disciplines, a holistic Earth System approach will be presented although the main focus of the course is on the physical aspects of changing climate. In addition to lectures, tutorials, exercises and literature studies the course will give the students the opportunity to discuss the learned topics further during group exercises.

The summer school will be at Askölaboratory which is a research station on an island situated 80 km south of Stockholm in the archipelago of Trosa (58° 49.5’ N, 17° 39’ E). Askölaboratory belongs to Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre. In addition to the lab there is only one farm on the island.


Master or PhD students in marine sciences and associated fields from all Baltic Sea countries can apply.


  • All travel costs will be reimbursed after the end of the summer school;
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, fruits, coffee, tea, softdrinks, etc) are included;
  • The research station is not a hotel, so participants are advised to take everything they might need (e.g. sweets);
  • Accomodation will be in 1- to 3-bed rooms. Please bring your own bedsheets (no sleeping bag), towels and indoor shoes;
  • There is a sauna on Askö and hopefully time for swimming and snorkeling in the sea, participants are recommended to take a swimsuit.

How to apply?

Please provide your contact, a short motivation letter (max. 1 page), a short CV (max 2 pages) and recommendation letter from your supervisor. Deadline for applications is 1 May 2017. Successful candidates will be notified by 15 May 2017. Preliminary course agenda can be found here.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact: [email protected]

For more information please visit the official website.

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