International Summer School on Global Greenhouse Gases, 2-12 August 2016

Greenhouse Gases UK is running an intensive 10 day course 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.

This residential course for 20-25 participants will be based at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton and there will be 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 the UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Feedback Programme, including researchers from the Universities of Edinburgh, Exeter, Bristol, York, Leicester, Manchester, and dedicated UK research centres including Forest Research, Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), National Oceanography Centre (NOC) 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 Tuesday, 2 August, and finish at noon on Friday, 12 August; students can travel on those days. There will be some teaching and social activities on the weekend (6-7 August).

Course fee

There is a course fee of £200 per student. This will contribute approximately 20% towards the real cost of accommodation, lunches and field trips, which will be provided by the summer school. Accommodation is in single standard (non-ensuite) rooms. Students are expected to fund their own travel to and from the summer school.

In exceptional cases, we can exempt some students from the course fee, so that your participation is free, for example if your grant and your institute do not cover the fee. Please explain the reasons in the relevant box in the application form.


If you have any questions about the summer school or if the application form does not work for you, please contact Stephan Matthiesen ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

Application form

To apply, please fill in the application form. The application deadline is 25 April 2016. Places are limited to 25. We will select the most suitable candidates among all applications after the deadline and inform you by mid May whether you have been accepted.