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3rd Baltic Earth Conference
Earth system changes and Baltic Sea coasts
Jastarnia, Hel peninsula, Poland
1 - 5 June 2020




Third International Summer School on

Climate of the Baltic Sea region

Askö Laboratory, Trosa, Sweden, 28 August – 4 September 2017

co-organized by Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde and University of Rostock
under the umbrella of Baltic Earth

Impressions of our Summer School in 2016.

Organizer: The Baltic Earth programme, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde and Rostock University announce the Third International Summer School on “Climate of the Baltic Sea Region”, hosted by Askö Laboratory of Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre, and supported by Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht.

Course period: 8 days in total, 28 August – 4 September 2017

Travel from Stockholm to Askö by bus and boat on 28 August and return on 4 September

Course site: Askö Laboratory is situated 80 km south of Stockholm in the Swedish archipelago of Trosa (58° 49.5’ N, 17° 39’ E). Askö Laboratory belongs to Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre. In addition to the lab there is only one farm on the island.

Website: http://www.su.se/ostersjocentrum/english/askö-laboratory

Estimated number of participants: ~ 20 students from all Baltic Sea countries and several experienced lecturers/supervisors

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  • Prof. Daniel Conley, University of Lund, Sweden
  • Prof. Christoph Humborg, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Prof. Piia Post, University of Tartu, Estonia
  • Prof. Markus Meier, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde and Rostock University, Germany
    and Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, Sweden
  • Dr. Marcus Reckermann, International Baltic Earth Secretariat, Helmholtz-Zentrum Geesthacht, Germany

Course Description

The course will focus on past and future changes in climate of the Baltic Sea region. The Baltic Sea is a semi-enclosed sea with a large freshwater supply from rivers of the adjacent catchment area in the transition zone between maritime and continental climates in northern Europe. Many long-term observational data are available and provide a good knowledge about oceanic changes during the past two centuries and even longer periods. Proxy-data of the past 1,000 to 2,000 years bear witness of a pronounced climate variability in the region. Students will be introduced into fundamental processes of the atmosphere, ocean, sea-ice and land surface with relevance for the climate system. We will start from basic principles and equations of motion that describe the circulation and dynamics in the atmosphere, ocean and sea-ice. The available knowledge in the literature about water and energy balances will be presented. Further basic methods of the analysis and modeling of the regional climate system will be introduced, including the statistical analysis of time series to identify changes in regional climate. We will explain atmospheric pressure patterns of the large-scale circulation like the North Atlantic circulation with influence on the Baltic Sea and the corresponding catchment area. The students will also be introduced into the functioning of the wind-driven and thermohaline circulations of the Baltic Sea. Furthermore, the course will deal with coupled atmosphere-ocean climate models, climate change, the greenhouse gas effect and other drivers of regional climate, dynamical downscaling, and the variability of circulation and regional climate. We will also study the possible impact of climate change on the marine ecosystem including biogeochemical cycles. With the help of teachers from several disciplines, a holistic Earth System approach will be presented although the main focus of the course is on the physical aspects of changing climate. In addition to lectures, tutorials, exercises and literature studies the course will give the students the opportunity to discuss the learned topics further during group exercises.

Berit Recklebe
Leibnitz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde
+49-381 5197 111

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