The course is compulsory. Not available for students of other degree programmes.
The Doctoral Program in Atmospheric Sciences is responsible for the course and it is part of the Discipline specified studies module.
Participants must know programming.
In exceptional cases, such as compelling family or health reasons, a student may be given an alternative data analysis task that is equivalent to the workload of one student at an intensive course of scale and challenge.
The student will learn:
- analyzing complex multidisciplinary data-sets
- utilizing long-term atmospheric, meteorological and eco-physiological data from field stations and other data sources (e.g. satellite data, modeled data)
- combining observational data with theoretical frameworks
- drawing and evaluating scientific conclusions based on the analysis
- multidisciplinary approach
- project management
- collaborative and integrated learning
The course is recommended to be completed at intermediate stages of postgraduate studies.
The course is organized annually as a two-week intensive course in the spring, typically in March.
The course involves a few short relevant lectures, with the main emphasis placed on intensive group work and final report written after the course. The topics vary in different years, including:
- Atmospheric Processes and Feedbacks
- Atmosphere-Biosphere Interactions
- Comparison of long time series and intensive field campaign data
- Topical research questions in climate change, air quality and their interactions
The course always includes an Introduction to SMEAR II measurement station.
The course will be held in the Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station. More information and registration: https://elomake.helsinki.fi/lomakkeet/84506/lomake.html
Material, including mainly scientific articles, is distributed during the course.
Emphasis is in the work done in small groups during the course and preparing the final report in the group after the course.
The total workload of the course is approximately 135 hours.
The grade is determined by the group work report. Grading scale 0 (fail), 1-5.
The course is implemented as an intensive course. Participation in class, participation in group work, and group work report is required.