NeGI School - Atmospheric science at high latitudes: Online data storage and visualization tools

NeGI School - Atmospheric science at high latitudes: Online data storage and visualization tools

University of Helsinki (Division of Atmospheric Sciences), CSC - IT Center for Science, Stockholm University (Bolin Centre for Climate Research, Department of Environmental Science and Analytical Chemistry), and the Norwegian Meteorological Institute ( are pleased to announce the intensive course "Atmospheric science at high latitudes: Online data storage and visualization tools" to be held at the Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station in Southern Finland on October 23 - November 2, 2017.

The learning outcomes:

In the end of the course, the student will have

  • skills to design a simple relational database;
  • knowledge about existing online databases containing atmospheric and ecosystem data;
  • the ability to run basic SQL queries to retrieve data from online databases;
  • increased skills to visualize data; and
  • skills to publish data and visualizations online.

Some of the transferable skills the course strives to improve:

  • statistical analysis of field measurements;
  • multidisciplinary approach;
  • project management; and
  • collaborative learning.

The course includes an introduction to SMEAR II measurement station and the measurements done at the station.


The participants are expected to be able to write scripts using a structural programming language (e.g. R, Python, or MATLAB). Basic data analysis skills are also expected. The main programming language to be used on the course will be Python. The main tool for visualization and online publishing will be Jupyter Notebook.

The course involves a set of relevant lectures and tutorials, with the main emphasis placed on intensive group work and final report that can be written after the course. Before the course, the selected students will practice the tools to be used on the course by solving a pre-exercise. The course is primarily aimed at PhD students in atmospheric and biospheric sciences in Nordic universities (also advanced MSc students are welcome to apply). During the course the students can either use their own data or utilize long-term aerosol, air ion, trace gas, meteorological and ecophysiological data measured at field stations.

To apply to the course, please fill in the online application form by October 1, 2017.

Location: Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station, Southern Finland
Time: October 23 - November 2, 2017
Teachers: Dr. Antti Lauri is the corresponding teacher. The other lecturers include Dr. Pasi Kolari, Dr. Paul Zieger, Dr. Michael Schulz, and Mr. Timo Pitkänen.
Credits and accrediting body: 5 ECTS, University of Helsinki
Exam: Students write a report about their project during/after 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 October 23, five daily servings between October 24 - November 1 (breakfast, lunch, afternoon coffee, dinner, evening snacks) and breakfast on November 2
  • transportation from Helsinki to Hyytiälä on October 23, and from Hyytiälä to Helsinki on November 2 (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, photocopies, laundry etc. during the course

For doctoral students enrolled in any university in Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden), the fee is covered by the NeGI project Applied methodologies for improved exchange between atmospheric e-science Infrastructures at high latitudes. For master students of ABS network universities, the fee is covered by the ABS network.

Bus transportation between Helsinki and Hyytiälä
On Monday October 23rd 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 Thursday November 2nd 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
We will have daily sports breaks. The surroundings of the station provide excellent possibilities for jogging and walking. 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 and swimming 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 late October is usually somewhere between -5 and +10 Celsius, it can be sunny, windy, rainy or snowing;
light indoor shoes since we stay inside most of the time;
bathing suit/shorts for swimming (for the brave ones).
Furthermore, it is a good idea to bring a laptop computer with you if you have one, although there are desktop computers in common use also. 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), Pan-Eurasian Experiment (PEEX), eScience Tools for Investigating Climate Change at High Northern Latitudes (eSTICC), Biosphere-Carbon-Aerosol-Cloud-Climate Interactions, Nordic graduate school (CBACCI). More information about the contributing and related projects and networks:

  • ATM-DP (Doctoral Programme in Atmospheric Sciences)
  • PEEX (Pan-Eurasian Experiment)
  • eSTICC (Nordic Centre of Excellence)