ETH-C2SM: Announcement Swiss Climate Summer School 2021


19th International Swiss Climate Summer School 2019 “Vegetation, Land Surfaces and Climate Interactions"
29 August – 3 September 2021, Ascona, Switzerland

The network of leading Swiss institutions in climate research and education invites early stage researchers to join high-profile climate researchers in Southern Switzerland for keynote lectures, workshops, and poster sessions on the occasion of the 19th Swiss Climate Summer School 2021.

The purpose of this summer school is to bring early stage researchers in touch with established scientists from different disciplines to address the question how vegetation and the land surface are affected and altered due to climate change, and how the resulting changes feed back to the atmosphere and hydrological processes in the climate system. The carbon cycle, which directly affects the global greenhouse gas budget, and the hydro logical cycle, which is strongly influenced by plant transpiration, are the key relations between vegetation and climate that will be addressed from multiple perspectives during the summer school. The main questions to be addressed in the keynote lectures and discussed in smaller groups within the planned workshops are:

  • How do forests and other ecosystems interact with climate and climate change, and on which temporal and spatial scales?
  • How does water vapor in the atmosphere – the strongest greenhouse gas – depend on vegetation distribution and activity, and how does it relate to anthropogenic emissions of CO2 and other greenhouse gases?
  • How can we measure CO2 and greenhouse gas fluxes and their driving climate variables to inform and improve computer models?
  • What mitigation options exist to alleviate climate change effects via land use management?
  • How exactly are soil and vegetation–atmosphere interactions represented in climate models, and what research needs exist to increase model prediction skills?

This summer school addresses early stage researchers from the climate, agriculture, and forest ecosystems sciences. In addition to keynote lectures from internationally renowned experts and extensive time for discussions and poster sessions, two half days will be scheduled for parallel workshops. All Summer School participants are expected to present a poster of their research to discuss their own research with the other participants.

Further information about the Summer School and the application procedure can be found at our website

Application deadline: 28 February 2021

Contact and information:

The Swiss Climate Summer School thrives on the physical presence of both participants and speakers. However, note that depending on the Covid-19 situation, we might need to adapt the school format accordingly.

The organising committee:

Werner Eugster (ETH Zurich), Martin Grosjean (U Bern), Fortunat Joos (U Bern), Andreas Rigling (WSL), Christina Schnadt Poberaj (ETH Zurich, C2SM), Sonia Seneviratne (ETH Zurich), Willy Tinner (U Bern)

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