SOLAS Summer School

Monday 23 July 2018 - Saturday 4 August 2018

Cargèse, Corsica

The SOLAS Summer School is a biennial, international event that brings together over 70 students and 15 world-leading international scientists, in a variety of fields, for a combination of lectures and practical workshops. It aims to teach the skills and knowledge of the many disciplines needed to understand the nature of ocean-atmosphere interactions and how to link ocean-atmosphere interactions with climate and people. It allows doctoral students and early-career researchers to see how their work fits into the broad canvas of SOLAS, and global change research more generally.

The Surface Ocean – Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS), with its international project office located in Kiel, is a research initiative comprising of over 1600 scientists in 75 countries. SOLAS was designed to study the biogeochemical interactions between the air and sea, which are important to understand how these two components of the Earth system influence global environmental and climate changes. At its inception, ocean and atmospheric scientists often did not work together, so SOLAS created a mechanism to build scientific capacity round this interface.

The 7th SOLAS summer school
Following the format of the previous six schools, the 2018 edition of the school will bring together 70 early career scientists from 23 countries with world-leading international scientists, for a mix of plenary lectures and hands-on practical workshops in small groups ( The aim of the summer school is to offer young scientists who have research interests in air-sea interactions, including biogeochemical and physical processes and feedbacks, the opportunity to expand their knowledge in all aspects of SOLAS science and to create and strengthen future collaborations with SOLAS scientists from around the world. Participants will thus be able to network with students and early career scientists from all over the world, thereby promoting marine research and exchange of scientific information.

The lectures will cover all the relevant aspects of air-sea exchange science, including an introduction to SOLAS; introductions to ocean and atmospheric physics, chemistry, and biology; ocean and atmosphere modelling; global greenhouse gas cycles; climate change and variability; atmospheric deposition and ocean biogeochemistry; ocean biogeochemical control on atmospheric chemistry; interconnections between aerosols, clouds, and marine systems; geoengineering; air-water gas exchange; remote sensing; time-series observations; the sea-surface microlayer; SOLAS science and society; and processes in polar oceans, upwelling systems, and the coastal zone. In addition to the keynote lectures, there are topical sessions covering issues such as ‘scientists and the press’ and ‘scientific ethics’.
During the hands-on practical workshops, participants are introduced to techniques used in atmospheric chemistry, modelling, gas exchange, laboratory work and cruise work on a small research vessel. The science communication workshop ‘oral and written communication’, which is mandatory, gives the students guidance and constructive criticism on presenting their research via posters, manuscripts and oral presentations. 

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