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International Relations
of Russian State Hydrometeorological University

International Relations Office and Center for International Education are responsible for international activity in RSHU

Office phone: +7 812 633-01-96


Physics of the Climate system

The summer school period is 17-08-2009 - 28-08-2009.
The circulation in the atmosphere and in the oceans is at the heart of the climate machine. Geophysical fluid dynamics, dealing with the properties of flow in a rotating system, forms the core of the summer school. A systematic treatment will be presented, and numerous exercises will help to master the material.

Then there will be a series of lectures on more specialised topics like chemical cycles in the climate system and their interaction with radiation, glaciers and climate change, coastal processes, ocean circulation and palaeoclimates, etc. Students will participate in small research projects on these topics and will report on the results.
Prof.dr. W.P.M. de Ruijter

Prof.dr. M.R. van den Broeke, H.A. Dijkstra, dr. R. Holzinger, dr. P.J. van Leeuwen, prof. dr. ir. J.D. Opsteegh, dr. G.J. Roelofs, prof. dr. W.P.M. de Ruijter, prof. dr. H.E. de Swart, dr. R.S.W. van de Wal and others.

Advanced bachelors / beginning masters with a strong background in physics and mathematics as well as proficiency in English. Applicants go through a selection procedure. (Maximum number of participants: 20)

Obtaining insight into the fundamental processes that drive the climate system.

3.0 ECTS credits + Certificate of Attendance

Applications should include:

- Online application form,
- Letter of motivation,
- Curriculum vitae,
- Two letters of recommendation,
- Recent set of transcripts (marks/grades) in English, German, French (or in Dutch for Dutch students)
— 855 Euro [Course + course materials + housing + deposit]

A limited number of scholarships in the form of (partial) fee waivers and/or accommodation intended for talented students from developing countries is available. Talented students from other countries can also apply. There are no travel grants. If you seek financial support you should state your request (on a separate sheet) by describing the reasons for applying to this summer school and how your participation will assist you in future studies and your career. You should motivate your financial situation and other means you have available for financing your participation to this summer school. The applications for scholarships will undergo a selection procedure. Students accepted for a Master’s program of the Graduate School of Natural Sciences are exempted from paying the Summer School fee. To find information about the fees for Dutch students follow the link Info for Dutch students at

Registration opens on November 1!

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