PAST International Summer School on Global Greenhouse Gases 31 July - 11 August 2017

National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton, UK

This intensive 2-week course is aimed at advanced 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.

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
  • practical training 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.

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 Edinburgh, Exeter, Bristol, Leicester, Manchester, and dedicated UK research centres including National Oceanography Centre (NOC), National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO), Plymouth Marine Lab (PML) and others.

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

The course will start after lunch on Monday, 31 July, and finish at noon on Friday, 11 August; students can travel on those days. There will be some teaching and social activities on the weekend (5-6 August).

Cost and funding

There is no course fee. Accommodation, meals and field trips during the summer school are free. Accommodation is in single standard (non-ensuite) rooms in a student residence.

We will pay for reasonable travel cost to and from the school within the UK. Unfortunately we cannot pay international travel to the UK

How to apply - The registration for this school is now closed  

 Places are limited to 25. We will inform you by mid-June whether you have been accepted.

The course is open to all advanced PhD students and early career scientists, both from the UK and other countries. Students funded by the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) are prioritised.


The Summer School is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council under the "Advanced Short Training Course" Programme with support from the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO)