GreenSeas Summer School

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GreenSeas Summer School: Global plankton data: ecosystems, monitoring and modelling in an era of global warming

All places at the summer school have now been filled! All approved students have been contacted individually. Other qualified applicants will be contacted, if for some reason a place becomes vacant later.

University of Capetown/ Africa House, Capetown, South Africa

27th Jan – 3rd Feb 2013

Practical information and assignment

Climate change is arguably the greatest challenge facing mankind in the twenty-first century. The inherent processes, feedback mechanisms and interactions, can have unprecedented and dramatic impacts on marine ecology. Phytoplankton is a key component of the marine ecosystem, fixing atmospheric carbon and providing the primary food source for the zooplankton, together forming the base of the oceanic food chain. It is thus necessary to advance our quantitative knowledge of how planktonic marine ecosystems, will respond to environmental and climate change.

During the GreenSeas Summer School students will learn how to employ a combination of observation data, environmental indicators and numerical simulations to obtain an integrated, cross-disciplinary, global-in-scope understanding of global planktonic ecosystems and their role in a global information service, of further importance for assessment of environmental pressures and risks, including tensions and conflicts related to the depletion of natural resources.

In particular the summer school will include:.

  • Processes and dynamics of planktonic ecosystems
  • Sampling and analysis techniques
  • Analysis of in situ data and data management
  • Advanced statistical data and time series analysis
  • Remote sensing techniques and environmental indicators
  • Ocean modelling and data assimilation
  • Integrated use of in situ, remote sensing data and simulations

involving theoretical lectures, practical exercises and computational case studies.

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The summer school is primarily aimed at PhD students late in their term and early PostDocs. If there is an oversubscription students from the ICPC[1] countries and Europe will have precedence. Accommodation and expenses at the summer school is fully covered. Students may apply for full or partial coverage of their travel expenses, subject to further terms.

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Detailed program

Students should submit their applications (a web-formno later than October 15 2012 to the summer school team. Requests about the summer school should be directed to

Guidelines on how to apply    or    Continue directly (to to fill out the web-form (register first time; you CANNOT log in via the GreenSeas main page)

[1] International Cooperation Partner Countries of the EU (E.g. Russia, African and Latin American countries, Asia except Japan). A full list at:

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