Project Description

April 2020 (postponed Nov-Dec 2020) – PEEX-AC research training intensive course on “Multi-Scales and -Processes Modelling and Assessment for Environmental Applications”

The University of Helsinki, Institute for Atmospheric and Earth System Research (UHEL-INAR) in collaboration with the Russian State Hydrometeorological University (RSHU) organizes research training intensive course on “Multi-Scales and -Processes Modelling and Assessment for Environmental Applications” (20-25 April 2020, St. Petersburg, Russia).

Course Aim:

to introduce young generation of researchers to special topics in atmospheric & environmental sciences, Earth system modelling approaches and applications. During the intensive course, participants will learn about the current progress and challenges in multi-scales & –processes modelling for Earth system research; meteorological/ climate and atmospheric composition modelling and models evaluation. The programme will consist of theoretical lectures & practical exercises (to be accomplished by students as small-scale research projects ending with presentation of the project results).

Course Content:

Lecturing: aspects of modeling (numerical weather prediction, Earth system, climate, ensemble, atmospheric chemical transport, online integrated, processed-based; numerical schemes, physiographical data) and specific challenges; atmospheric boundary layer and dispersion and removal processes; atmospheric gas- and liquid-phase chemistry; aerosols properties, chemistry and microphysics; aerosols – cloud –radiation interactions; chemical and meteorological data assimilation; evaluation of models and verification.

Practicing: practical exercises as Small-Scale Research Projects (SSRP) on selected research topics to be accomplished by groups of students led by teachers (EC-Earth – Risto Makkonen, Enviro-HIRLAM – Alexander Mahura, MALTE-Box – Michael Boy). Main items of SSRP includes: Introduction with background discussions; Analysis of meteorological situations; Learning practical technical aspects on modelling; Performing model simulations; Visualization of results; Evaluation of possible impact on temporal-spatial variability of simulated meteorological and chemical fields; Team presentation on results and findings.

Course materials:

EC-Earth short description (see also

Enviro-HIRLAM short description (see also

MALTE-Box short description (see also:

  • Student WorkBooks (SWB) for Small-Scale Research Projects (SSRP):
    SWB for EC-Earth – “Climate modeling: EC-Earth and CMIP6 datasets”
    SWB for Enviro-HIRLAM – “Metropolitan Areas: Influence on Meteorology and Atmospheric Composition”
    SWB for MALTE-Box – “Physical and chemical model study on the formation and growth of secondary organic aerosols”