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2nd SVALI summer school on Earth System Models and Ice Models

2nd SVALI summer school on Earth System Models and Ice Models
Päiväys: 14.05.2013 10:00 - 25.05.2013 12:00
Location details: -
Kieli: english-language
lecturers: Heikki Järvinen (FMI/UoH)
Jack Kohler (NPI)
Juha Lento (CSC)
Martti Louhivuori (CSC)
Petri Räisänen (FMI)
Timo Vihma (FMI)
Thomas Zwinger (CSC) (as confirmed by now
in alphabetical order)
Hinta: -


Group photo of SVALI summer school 2011

Picture of the previous summer school



SVALI logo


The Nordic Centre of Excellence, SVALI (Stability and Variations of Arctic Land Ice) will hold its second summer school on the topic of Glaciology and Earth System Models. The school is a joint effort by the SVALI consortium and CSC.


The school takes place at Nuuksio National Park in Espoo, Finland. It is conveniently located in the Helsinki metropolitan area. The near vicinity of the capital city is not visible, however - the venue is in a nature preservation area that resembles Finland's nature in its best.


School starts on Monday 13 May, 2013 and departure is on Friday 24 May, 2013. The two weeks between those are filled with high-quality lectures, sports & leisure activities and nice time together. Be warned that at this time of the year, sun will not set almost at all!

To Whom?

The school is aimed for graduate students up to senior scientists who want to get insight into applications in Earth system models and ice flow models.


The course is rather application/computation oriented, thus some theoretical background in one of those disciplines would be beneficial. Some basic skills to operate a computer will be assumed.  Upon request, the school will contain a short introduction in UNIX type of environments.


The participants will get a certificate from the school that contains a recommendation to your university for granting 5 credits (ECTS) for the school.


Accommodation takes place in nice 1-2 person rooms with shared shower and toilet. Linen and towels will be provided.

The summer school this year will concentrate on the following scientific question:

"Can we quantify the average ice loss/gain of Svalbard glaciers connected to climate change despite the strong temporal variation due to surge behaviour?"

In order to address this question, we will cover the theory, learn to process and interpret observational data (from various Svalbard glaciers), and use ice flow modeling (Elmer/Ice).

The outcome of the summer school will be a SVALI publication, co-authored by all participants.

Following topics will be covered:
  • Basic introduction to UNIX/Linux, and computational  data processing techniques (shell, AWK, Python)
  • Introduction to Earth system modeling
  • Basic concept to approach simulation uncertainties
  • Introduction into glaciological modeling
  • Snow and ice thermodynamics and surface energy budget
  • Atmospheric boundary layer over snow and ice
  • Large-scale interaction between cryosphere and atmosphere
  • Treatment of snow in climate models
  • Atmospheric radiative transfer in climate models
  • Glacier records of Svalbard (for project work)
  • Field measurements of surface mass balance
  • Project work on 2D/3D full Stokes glacier flow models and observational data

For more information on the summer school, contact Thomas Zwinger (thomas[dot]zwinger[at]csc[dot]fi)