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3rd Baltic Earth Conference
Earth system changes and Baltic Sea coasts
Jastarnia, Hel peninsula, Poland
1 - 5 June 2020



6th International Baltic Earth Summer School on

Climate of the Baltic Sea region

Askö Laboratory, Trosa, Sweden, 24 - 31 August 2020

co-organized by Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde and University of Rostock
and the International Baltic Earth Secretariat at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht
under the umbrella of Baltic Earth

The international Baltic Earth Summer School "Climate of the Baltic Sea Region" will take place at the end of August 2020 at Askö Laboratory, Sweden, for the sixth time, as part of the Master studies of Physics of the University of Rostock.

The course will focus on past and future changes in climate of the Baltic Sea region. The Baltic Sea is a semi-enclosed sea with a large freshwater supply from rivers of the adjacent catchment area in the transition zone between maritime and continental climates in northern Europe. Many long-term observational data are available and provide a good knowledge about oceanic changes during the past two centuries and even longer periods. Proxy-data of the past 1,000 to 2,000 years bear witness of a pronounced climate variability in the region.

Students will be introduced into fundamental processes of the atmosphere, ocean, sea-ice and land surface with relevance for the climate system. We will start from basic principles and equations of motion that describe the circulation and dynamics in the atmosphere, ocean and sea-ice. The available knowledge in the literature about water and energy balances will be presented. Further basic methods of the analysis and modeling of the regional climate system will be introduced, including the statistical analysis of time series to identify changes in regional climate. We will 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.

The students will also be introduced into the functioning of the wind-driven and thermohaline circulations of the Baltic Sea. Furthermore, the course will deal with 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. We 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.

Every year many students from the entire Baltic Sea region apply for taking part in the Summer School, which is reflected in the international flair that is spread by the multi-cultural composition of the group.

In cooperation with the Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde and the international Baltic Earth Network, the students are offered a high-quality education, which is complemented by guest lecturers from the Baltic Sea states.

Organizer: Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde and Rostock University and the Baltic Earth programme through the International Baltic Earth Secretariat at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht. The Summer School is hosted by Askö Laboratory of Stockholm University, Baltic Sea Centre.

Course period: 8 days in total, 24 - 31 August 2020 (Monday-Monday)
Travel from Stockholm to Askö by bus and boat on 24 August and return on 31 August.

Markus Meier, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde, Germany
Marcus Reckermann, Int. Baltic Earth Secretariat at Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany
... more to follow!

Course site: Askö Laboratory is situated 80 km south of Stockholm in the Swedish archipelago.
Website: http://www.su.se/ostersjocentrum/english/askö-laboratory

Estimated number of participants: ~ 20 students from all Baltic Sea countries and several experienced lecturers/supervisors

Accommodation and all meals are provided free of charge on Askö. Travel costs will not be reimbursed but limited funds are available and applications for travel support are welcome together with your application (please add a brief motivation).

3 ECTS for the successful participation (exam) in the course.

Eligibility and applications: The School is open to undergraduate and graduate students in marine sciences and associated fields. Please use our application tool on the website: https://www.io-warnemuende.de/bess-application.html (online in early 2020). Also provide your contact, a motivation letter (max. 1 page), a short CV (max. 2 pages) and a recommendation letter from your supervisor.

Application deadline: 1 May 2020!

Successful candidates will be notified by 31 May 2020.

Berit Recklebe
Leibnitz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde
+49-381 5197 111

Application website will be online early 2020 at




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