The interdisciplinary school will provide a broad overview over ongoing research activities on the Earth system in the Baltic Sea region and discuss grand challenges in sciences, for instance as summarized in the Baltic Earth Assessment Reports (BEARs). We will focus on all compartments of the Earth system such as the atmosphere, ocean, sea ice, land surface, and terrestrial and marine ecosystems. The holistic view of the Earth system will include the anthroposphere, considering human impacts on climate and environment. A number of teachers with different scientific background from all over the Baltic Sea region will introduce the PhD students and early career scientists into their own research topics in an easily understandable format. Lectures on observations, experiments and modeling will be complemented by exercises, debates on hot topics in Earth system science and knowledge gaps and a podium discussion. As a background the recently published BEARs (2022) and the HELCOM – Baltic Earth fact sheet on Climate Change in the Baltic Sea (2021) may trigger the exchange of ideas and concepts. The goal of the school is to provide an overview of the level of knowledge and to assist in future career choices. Informal meetings and discussions are planned in the evenings. All participants will be given the opportunity to present their research in the form of short talks and to open up for feedback.
The School is open to PhD students and early career scientists (postdocs) in geosciences such as climate science, meteorology, physical, chemical and biological oceanography, hydrology, terrestrial and marine biogeochemistry, food web interactions and associated fields.