Accent-Plus Summer School 2014

Atmospheric Composition Change: Drivers, Feedbacks and Impacts in Air Quality and Climate


ACCENT-Plus Summer School

22-29 June 2014, Urbino (Italy)

We are now living with the Anthropocene, an age where the environmental conditions are dominated by anthropogenic activity. The aim of this EU ACCENT-Plus/(Atmospheric Composition Change -- The European Network) Summer School is to educate and provide the participants with the necessary background scientific knowledge to understand the current issues related to the drivers, impacts and feedback between atmospheric chemistry and climate change. This is required for research or in the formulation of environmental policies.

To achieve this objective, the course comprises lectures on the fundamentals of atmospheric chemistry and biogeochemistry as well on the impact of atmospheric composition change on air quality, human health, ecosystems, agriculture and the feedback with climate. The scientific diagnostic tools used to test our understanding and make predictions, viz. the observation of atmospheric composition and meteorological parameters and atmospheric modelling, both from the local or the global scale, are a key element of the course.

In addition, studies of policy documents and lectures on how to improve one's communication skills as well as focussed sessions, comprising practical exercises, lectures on the following advanced topics Will be organised:

  • Improving communication with scientits and the general public
  • Use of satellite data for air quality studies
  • Use of surface data for air quality studies
  • Surface emissions: where to find the data
  • Biogenic emissions: how they are calculated
  • Chemistry-climate interactions: the mathematics behind
  • How to calculate the radiative impact of aerosols
  • Information on climate issues: public perception
  • Socio Economic Analysis

List of teachers who have confirmed their attendance:

Urs Baltensperger

John P. Burrows

Guy Brasseur

Giulia Cesaroni

Manuel Dall'Osto

David Fowler

Sandro Fuzzi

Claire Granier

Alun Lewis

Paul Monks

Laurence Rouil

Katerina Sindelarova

The school targets graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, employees from environmental agencies, public administrations etc.
The attendance is limited to 50 people. The summer school fee is 450 euro, which includes full board, based on 2 persons sharing a room. Rooms for single occupation are available for an extra cost of 100 euro.
Registration for the EU ACCENT-/Plus/Summer School begins on the 10th of January, 2014 and closes on the 10th of March 2014. Notification of acceptance will be given within April 1st, 2014.
A few grants will be available, but they will cover only part of the costs. If you want to apply for the grant please fill the relevant form during the application.
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