MICMoR Summer School 2015

Modeling of Land Surface - Atmosphere Interactions

KIT/IMK-IFU, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, August 16-26, 2015

The terrestrial biosphere, soils, hydrosphere and the atmosphere are highly dynamic compartments of the Earth system. All these compartments are tightly coupled and strongly interact in a complex way by the exchange of vast quantities of energy, water, greenhouse gases, nutrients and other trace substances. Feedback interactions between land surface processes and the atmosphere are particularly important over heterogeneous landscapes and in structurally complex areas such as mountain regions.

This course will provide PhD students and Postdocs the opportunity to deepen their understanding of land surface - atmosphere interactions and how to describe and simulate them in models. Course participants will engage in classroom lectures, computer lab simulation exercises, and fi eld tours to understand and directly apply knowledge about land surface - atmosphere interactions. One of the fi eld trips will be in collaboration with the InnSAR Summer School of the University of Innsbruck, Austria. Lectures will focus on the fundamental mechanisms that couple the atmosphere and biosphere, the common approaches to modeling these mechanisms, and to challenges for these models due to land-surface heterogeneity and ecosystem complexity. We will also provide hands-on instruction for the use of a suite of model types, covering a range of scales and complexity levels, from single plant to ecosystem and global simulations. Students will work in groups to design, implement, and present model-based mini-research projects.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to model the basics of the landsurface energy budget, biosphere - atmosphere fl ux exchanges, understand the modeling implications of different spatial and temporal scales, understand the sensitivity of land-surface processes to variable climate forcings, land-use and ecosystem structure changes. Participants will have gained hands-on experience with model-based experimentation, model evaluation, statistical analysis and scientifi c presentation of model results, and be familiar with the operations of at least two comprehensive land surface - atmosphere interaction modeling systems at different scales and complexity levels.

The course is open to a maximum of 25 participants (Graduate Students, Postdocs) with a background and research topic in land surface - atmosphere interactions.
To apply, please submit a statement of motivation, a short CV highlighting your educational background and research positions or experience, and arrange to have a letter of recommendation sent by your advisor, or an academic familiar with your work. Please send your application documents to the MICMoR Coordination Office at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Application deadline is May 15, 2015. There is no tuition fee; however, participants must cover travel and accommodation costs.

More information can be found here.

Examples of research areas targeted by EMBRACE


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