The Master's Degree Programme in Atmosphere-Biosphere Studies

Autumn 2013 School - Advanced Analysis of Atmosphere-Cryosphere Interactions

University of Helsinki, Division of Atmospheric Sciences is pleased to announce the intensive course in the Advanced Analysis of Atmosphere-Cryosphere Interactions to be held at the Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station in Southern Finland on November 4-15 2013!

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 cryosphere using a variety of relevant datasets from several measurement stations.

Topics to be covered include:

  • in-situ chemical, physical, and optical aerosol properties
  • trace gas, VOC and other relevant gaseous constituents
  • snow and ice cover, precipitation
  • energy balance of forest, soil, lakes and glaciers The participants can bring their own datasets related to the course topics upon agreement with the course organizers.

Some of the transferable skills the course strives to improve:

  • statistical analysis and MATLAB
  • multidisciplinary approach
  • project management
  • collaborative learning
  • broadening of the personal comfort zone
  • introduction to SMEAR II measurement station

The course involves 1-3 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 MSc students in atmospheric/cryospheric sciences. During the course the students will utilize long-term aerosol, gas, ion, meteorological, snow/ice and precipitation data measured at several stations in order to learn advanced data treatment and data analysis methods. The main tool is MATLAB.

Place: Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station, Southern Finland
Time: November 4-15 2013
Teachers: Prof. Markku Kulmala is the leading teacher. The other teachers include:

  • Prof. Jaana Bäck, University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Sciences
  • Dr Frank Berninger, University of Helsinki, Department of Forest Sciences
  • Dr Lise Lotte Sørensen, Aarhus University, Department of Environmental Science
  • Dr Tuukka Petäjä, University of Helsinki, Department of Physics
Credits and accrediting body: 5 ECTS, University of Helsinki
Exam: Students write a scientific report based on results from analysis

The course will be held in cooperation with Cryosphere-Atmosphere Interactions in a Changing Arctic Climate (CRAICC), Stability and Variation of Arctic Land Ice (SVALI) and DEFROST Initiatives, Integrated Land Ecosystem-Atmosphere Processes Study (iLEAPS), Finnish Doctoral Programme "Atmospheric Composition and Climate Change: From Molecular Processes to Global Observations and Models" (ACCC), Finnish Master Programme "Atmosphere-Biosphere Studies" (ABS) and Pan-European Gas-Aerosols-Climate Interaction Study (PEGASOS).

The course fee is 2000 EUR. University students enrolled in degree programmes get 50% discount. The ACCC Doctoral Programme covers the course fee for doctoral students enrolled in Finnish universities, and the Nordic ABS Master's Degree Programme covers the course fee for master students enrolled in universities in Nordic and Baltic countries (Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Sweden). The fee covers:
  • all academic and social programme during the course
  • access to the electronically provided course material
  • accommodation in two-person rooms at the Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station between November 4-15
  • evening snacks on November 4, five daily servings between November 5-14 (breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee, dinner, evening snacks), breakfast on November 15
  • transportation from Helsinki to Hyytiälä on November 4, and from Hyytiälä to Helsinki on November 15 (service to/from Helsinki-Vantaa airport available)
The fee does not cover:
  • travel expenses to and from Helsinki
  • personal health and civil liability insurance
  • personal expenses such as drinks, telephone, fax, photocopies, etc.
In order to apply to the course, please fill in the application form by September 27.

For any questions/clarifications contact Mikhail Paramonov at

More information about the contributing and related projects and networks:

ACCC (National Doctoral Programme on Atmospheric Composition and Climate Change)

CBACCI (Biosphere-Carbon-Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions, Nordic graduate school)

ABS (Nordic Master's Degree Programme in Atmosphere-Biosphere Studies)

iLEAPS (Integrated Land Ecosystem Atmosphere Processes Study)

Finnish Centre of Excellence (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Meteorology of Atmospheric Composition and Climate Change )

CRAICC (Cryosphere-Atmosphere Interactions in a Changing Arctic Climate)

DEFROST (Impacts of a changing cryosphere - depicting ecosystem-climate feedbacks as affected by changes in permafrost, snow and ice distribution)

SVALI (Stability and Variations of Arctic Land Ice)

ACTRIS (Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research InfraStructure Network)

PEGASOS (Pan-European Gas-Aerosol-Climate Interaction Study)

CLOUD-TRAIN (CLOUD Marie Curie Initial Training Network)