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Call Closed: Atlantic Ocean Climate Scholars Programme 2016

This call is now closed and all places on the programme have been filled. Blog for programme at  

The Atlantic Ocean Climate Scholars Programme is an intensive, accredited, fully funded workshop examining how climate and oceans interact, with particular examples from the Atlantic Ocean and higher latitudes. It will be held in Galway, Ireland from 12th to 19th September 2016 and is open to postgraduate students of marine, atmosphere and climate-related sciences and. The programme is a collaboration between the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART), NUI Galway, the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), the Helmholtz Climate programme REKLIM, the Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO), and is supported by the Nippon Foundation. The Atlantic Ocean Climate Scholars Programme will be led by Prof. Peter Lemke (AWI, REKLIM) and Prof. Peter Croot (NUI Galway) with lectures, practical sessions and field-trips delivered by experts from Ireland and Germany.


The present characteristics of the Earth system, and in particular of the climate system, in which the human societies are embedded, are a product of a long-term evolution: a current snapshot in a six billion - year movie that is still running. After colonization of the continents by plants and animals, the Earth has developed a climate system – composed of atmosphere, ocean, cryosphere, land surfaces, and the marine and terrestrial biosphere – that very effectively, through complex interactions, produced a rather stable equilibrium state, around which climate variations evolve.

Until 250 years ago, the interference of man was negligible, and climate variations were a product of natural processes and interactions alone. Since the beginning of industrialization the composition of the atmosphere, especially the concentrations of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide and methane, have significantly increased. In addition, the character of the land surface has been largely modified through land-use and land-cover change through human activities. A substantial part of the observed global warming during the past 100 years is attributed to these anthropogenic impacts. For the future of mankind it is mandatory to understand how the climate and ecosystems work and what the impacts of mankind will be.

In the Atlantic Climate Scholars Programme, the natural mechanisms responsible for climate variations and their response to human impacts will be discussed in detail, based on the latest IPCC Assessment Report published in 2013. All components of the climate system will be addressed, with a special focus on the Atlantic Ocean and its ecosystems. Tools for modelling and observations will be presented, as well as activities with respect to the societal response to global warming. 

Workshop sessions will impart an understanding of the basic physical and biogeochemical drivers of climate change in the Atlantic Ocean and Polar Regions in order to interpret and understand:

  •          The role of the carbon system in the ocean
  •          The role of Marine Ecosystems and the services they provide 
  •          The basic science that underpins Climate Modelling
  •          Future tools for modelling, measuring and observing the Atlantic Ocean.
  •          Climate policy, legal issues, and marine management for the Atlantic Ocean.

Course prerequisites and target group: This course is open to all International postgraduate students (Masters and Doctoral) of marine, atmosphere and climate-related sciences. A good command of the English language is required.

Places: A total of 24 places are available. European and International applicants welcome. Successful applicants will be notified by 27th June 2016.

Accreditation: This course is accredited by NUI Galway to 10 ECTS at level 10.

Funding: The Atlantic Ocean Climate Scholars Programme 2016 is supported by the NF-POGO regional training fund. A number of scholarships are available to cover the cost of travel and accommodation expenses and this can be applied for in the application form.  

Applications: Applications are accepted through the online application form. Please note you will need to upload one PDF document containing:

  •          Personal statement outlining how the Climate Scholars Programme will benefit your research and career (300 words max)
  •          Statement of support from your Supervisor or Head of Department
  •          A copy of your Curriculum Vitae

Deadline: Friday 3 June 2016 at 18:00 UTC.

Queries: Any queries related to the workshop can be addressed to

Organisation: The Atlantic Ocean Climate Scholars Programme is a joint project between the Strategic Marine Alliance for Research and Training (SMART), NUI Galway, the Alfred Wegener Institute (AWI), the Helmholtz Climate programme REKLIM, the Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO), and is supported by the Nippon Foundation. 

A poster is available to download and display.