The Master's Degree Programme in Atmospheric Sciences

Hyytiälä Winter School 2016 - Atmospheric Processes and Feedbacks and Atmosphere-Biosphere Interactions

University of Helsinki, Division of Atmospheric Sciences is pleased to announce the intensive course "Atmospheric Processes and Feedbacks and Atmosphere-Biosphere Interactions" to be held at the Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station in Southern Finland on March 7-18, 2016.

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 has the following main topics:

  • quantification of the CRAICC feedback loop (below on the left),
  • quantification of the BACCHUS/COBACC feedback loop (below on the right).

Some of the transferable skills the course strives to improve:

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

The course involves 1-2 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 PhD students in atmospheric and biospheric sciences (also advanced MSc students are welcome to apply). During the course the students will utilize long-term aerosol, air ion, trace gas, meteorological and ecophysiological data measured at several stations in order to learn advanced data treatment and data analysis methods. The main tool used on the course is MATLAB.

To apply to the course, please fill in the online application form by January 24, 2016.

Location: Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station, Southern Finland
Time: March 7-18, 2016
Teachers: Prof. Markku Kulmala is the leading teacher, with other lecturers.
Credits and accrediting body: 5 ECTS, University of Helsinki
Exam: Students write a scientific report based on the results from analysis done during the course

The course fee is 1600 EUR. This 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 during the course
  • evening snacks on March 7, five daily servings between March 8-17 (breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee, dinner, evening snacks) and breakfast on March 18
  • transportation from Helsinki to Hyytiälä on March 7, and from Hyytiälä to Helsinki on March 18 (service to/from Helsinki-Vantaa airport is 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. during the course

For degree students of Finnish universities, the fee is covered by the ATM-DP Doctoral Programme. For master students of ABS network universities, the fee is covered by the ABS network.

Bus transportation between Helsinki and Hyytiälä
On Monday March 7th the bus to Hyytiälä will proceed according to the following schedule:
16:00 - departure from the Helsinki city center (Mikonkatu charter bus stop)
16:20 - a brief stop in Kumpula campus (between Physicum and Chemicum buildings)
16:45 - a brief stop at Helsinki-Vantaa airport (bus stop to the right of terminal 2 exit)
20:00 - arrival at the Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station

On Friday March 18th the bus from Hyytiälä will proceed according to the following schedule:
08:45 - departure from the Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station
12:00 - a brief stop at Helsinki-Vantaa Airport
12:25 - a brief stop in Kumpula campus
12:45 - arrival at the Helsinki city center

Activities during free time
Depending on the weather, there may be a possibility for winter sports like skiing. Before your departure, check the latest weather forecasts and bring your sports gear with you, if you wish. There will also be time for sauna during some of the evenings.

Facilities in Hyytiälä
Accommodation for the students is in two person rooms. Each room is equipped with beds, bed linens, towels, a small desk and a wardrobe. Two rooms share a bathroom and six rooms share a shower. It is also possible to store food in a refrigerator. There is also a washing machine for common use. For more detailed information please visit the information page of the station. In addition to normal clothes and perhaps some money (in Euros, to pay soft drinks and beer) you should bring
shoes and clothes to be prepared for the weather; the temperature in Hyytiälä in March is usually somewhere between -20 and +5 Celsius, it can be sunny, windy, rainy or snowing;
light indoor shoes since we stay inside most of the time;
bathing suit/shorts for ice-swimming (for the brave ones).
Furthermore, it is a good idea to bring a laptop computer with you if you have one. There will be desktop computers in common use, but not enough for everyone to have a personal computer all the time. There is a wireless internet connection at the station.

For any questions or clarifications regarding the course, please contact Antti Lauri (

The course will be held in cooperation with Doctoral Programme in Atmospheric Sciences (ATM-DP), Impact of Biogenic versus Anthropogenic emissions on Clouds and Climate: towards a Holistic UnderStanding (BACCHUS), Cryosphere-Atmosphere Interactions in a Changing Arctic Climate (CRAICC), Pan-Eurasian Experiment (PEEX), Biosphere-Carbon-Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions, Nordic graduate school (CBACCI), Cosmics Leaving OUtdoor Droplets Network (CLOUD), and Aerosols, Clouds and Trace gases Research InfraStructure Network (ACTRIS). More information about the contributing and related projects and networks:

  • ATM-DP (Doctoral Programme in Atmospheric Sciences)
  • BACCHUS (Impact of Biogenic versus Anthropogenic emissions on Clouds and Climate: towards a Holistic UnderStanding)
  • CRAICC (Cryosphere-atmosphere interactions in a changing Arctic climate)
  • PEEX (Pan-Eurasian Experiment)
  • CLOUD (Cosmics Leaving OUtdoor Droplets Network)
  • ACTRIS (Aerosols, Clouds, and Trace gases Research InfraStructure Network)
  • CBACCI (Biosphere-Carbon-Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions, Nordic graduate school)