2nd ACTRIS Winter School Minimize
From: 10 March 2014
To: 21 March 2014
Place: Hyytiälä Forest Field station in Southern Finland

The ACTRIS winter school is a two-week intensive course on

"Advanced Analysis of Atmospheric Processes and Feedbacks and
Atmosphere-Biosphere Interactions"

It is organized by the University of Helsinki, Division of Atmospheric Sciences and will be held in cooperation with the Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research InfraStructure Network (ACTRIS), the Pan-Eurasian Experiment (PEEX), the Finnish Centre of Excellence “Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Meteorology of Atmospheric Composition and Climate Change”, the Finnish Doctoral Programme in Atmospheric Sciences (ATM-DP), the Cosmics Leaving OUtdoor Droplets - TRAIning Network (CLOUD-TRAIN), and the Pan-European Gas-AeroSOls-climate interaction Study (PEGASOS).
Registration:  You will have to register using the on-line registration.

Extended Registration deadline: Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

The accepted students will be notified 1-2 weeks later. For any questions/clarifications please contact Mikhail Paramonov (mikhail.paramonov@helsinki.fi or +358-9191-40803).
Similar to our annual Autumn/Winter Schools, the course is based on intensive work in small groups, with MATLAB being the main tool for statistical analysis. This course in particular will aim to quantify the feedbacks and relationships between atmosphere and biosphere using a variety of relevant datasets from several measurement stations.

Topics included in the course are related to ACTRIS Work Packages 2-6 and 20-22:
Some of the transferable skills the course strives to improve:
    º Statistical analysis, MATLAB
    º Multidisciplinary approach
    º Project management
    º Collaborative learning
    º Broadening of the personal comfort zone
    º Introduction to SMEAR II measurement station

The course involves 1-2 short relevant lectures per day, with the main emphasis placed on intensive group work and final report written after the course. The course is aimed at PhD students in atmospheric/biospheric sciences. During the course the students will utilize long-term aerosol, gas, ion, meteorological and ecophysiological data measured at the ACTRIS stations in order to learn advanced data treatment and data analysis methods. The main tool is MATLAB.
Lecturers:  Prof. Markku Kulmala, University of Helsinki, is the leading teacher. There will also be other lecturers representing ACTRIS partners.
Credits:  Credits, accrediting body and official name:
  • 5 ECTS, University of Helsinki
  • 530258 Advanced analysis of atmospheric processes and feedbacks and biosphere-atmosphere interactions
  • Students write a scientific report based on results from analysis.
Participation costs: 
  • Flat price of 1590 EUR
  • For PhD students of Finnish Universities the price is covered by the ACCC Doctoral Programme
The fee includes transfers between Helsinki and Hyytiälä, accommodation in two-person rooms, and full board (breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee, dinner, evening meal) during the course. There is a limited number of travel grants available for participants from Nordic and Baltic countries (Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden).
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