DARE-UK International Summer School – July 2021

DARE-UK International Summer School on Global Greenhouse Gases

Summer School Postponed until July, 2022

The summer school will not be held this year due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. It is expected that the crisis will affect the UK, Europe and the World for at least several months with associated restrictions on events and travelling.

We are planning to run the school in 2021 around the same time of the year (mid-July) with a similar programme, so please check back in the following weeks and months for updates.

We apologise to everybody who was looking forward to this learning opportunity and hope you will be able to apply next year.

In the meantime, please follow current advice from the medical authorities and your own institution to keep yourself save and help other, more vulnerable people manage this crisis.

National Oceanography Center (NOC), Southampton, UK

This intensive 1-week course is aimed at PhD students and post-doctoral researchers in the natural sciences who want to develop a solid understanding of the role of key greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the Earth system and the processes that govern their dynamics in the atmosphere, ocean and biosphere.

A field trip to a forestry research site will form one of the practical days in the week long summer school.

The residential course for 20-25 participants will be based at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton and comprises a combination of lectures, practical exercise, seminars and field/lab work. Organised by international experts in oceanography, atmospheric science and terrestrial biogeochemistry, the course will provide:

  • theoretical background on the role of greenhouse gases in the Earth System
  • field excursions and practical demonstrations in how to measure and model fluxes
  • interaction with leading experts in the field
  • the opportunity to network with other early-career scientists with similar interests.
A previous summer school water sampling aboard the Calista research vessel in the Solent. This will form another of the field trips during the week.

Topics will include:

  • Greenhouse gases in ocean, atmosphere and biosphere, with a focus on carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O)
  • Instrumentation for measuring GHGs: theory and practice
  • Process modelling of GHG fluxes
  • Satellite observations of GHGs
  • Measuring and up-scaling fluxes in the terrestrial biosphere

Staff will be drawn from various institutions, including researchers from the Universities of Bristol, University of Exeter and others, and UK research centres including National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Forestry Research (FR), National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and others.

All participants will be expected to present a poster on their research during the summer school.

The course will start after lunch time on Sunday, 12th July, and finish at noon on Saturday, 18th July; students can travel on those days.

Computational methods in greenhouse gas modelling will be put into practice.

Cost and funding

There is a course fee of £870, payable before the course.

This includes all accommodation, meals and field trips during the summer school. Accommodation is in single standard (non-ensuite) rooms in a student residence.

How to apply – deadline 15 April 2020

The summer school has been postponed until 2021, so registration is not currently possible. Please check back later for updates on the arrangements for 2021.

The course is open to all PhD students and early career scientists, both from the UK and other countries.

Hands on experience with field instrumentation on a previous forest field trip.


If you have any questions about the summer school or if the application form does not work for you, please contact Stephan Matthiesen (info@stephan-matthiesen.de).


The Summer School is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council as part of the DARE-UK project. DARE-UK is a NERC highlight topic NE/S004211/1.

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