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Summer School 2018 on Earth Surface Dynamics

The series of two consecutive summer schools about the Earth's Dynamic Surface is targeting a group of 25 doctoral students from geosciences, environmental sciences and related fields such as biology, chemistry, and physics. These summer schools will be designed for doctoral students, aiming (1) to improve their skills to understand the complex interaction of the processes shaping the Earth's surface at different temporal and spatial scales, (2) to monitor, model and predict the results of these interactions, and (3) to identify and mitigate risks of natural and human-caused interference in these processes in an interdisciplinary and intercultural environment.

additional information about the Summer School 2018

25 May-10 June 2018
12 August-2 September 2018

The two summer schools each comprise three modules with each module covering a week, taking place at different locations in Germany. These locations are representative of typical settings for Earth surface processes, from the coast to lowlands and from continental rifts to high mountains. The first set of modules will focus on types of signals and noise commonly encountered at the Earth's surface, and methods of acquiring, processing and analyzing data with non-destructive physical surveying methods. The second set of modules will be about the examination and modeling of the processes underlying the data collected at the Earth's surface.

The intense, multifaceted science training program of the summer school will help participants to acquire knowledge and understanding of the processes shaping the Earth's vulnerable skin and to define premier research topics to study processes at the Earth's dynamic surface. It will ultimately provide the next generation of researchers, practitioners, and lecturers with the necessary background and scientific tools to evaluate and mitigate the effects of present-day and future environmental change.


Session 1 | 25 May-10 Jun 2018

Signals and Noise at the Earth's
Surface20-27 May 2018 | apl. Professor Trauth, Doctor Berner

Exploring the Shallow Subsurface of the Earth
27 May-3 Jun 2018 | Professor Tronicke

Remote Sensing of Earth Surface Processes 
3-10 Jun 2018 | Professor Bookhagen 

Session 2 | 12 Aug-2 Sep 2018

Modeling of Surface and Subsurface Processes
12-19 Aug 2018 | Professor Holzbecher

Geoinformation Systems of the Earth's Surface 
19-26 Aug 2018 | Doctor Zeilinger 

Extreme Events, Geohazards and Georisk 
26 Aug-2 Sep 2018 | Doctor Schwanghart 

During Sessions 1 and 2

Communicating Science 
Doctor Foerster, Professor Asrat, Professor Maslin
Earth Surface Processes Field Excursions 
All instructors

Applications should submit a covering letter, a single-page statement of the applicant's motivation for participating in the summer school, a letter of recommendation from the applicant's doctoral supervisor, and a copy of the master's certificate. Please send your full application, as a single PDF file, by email to the director of the summer school before 1 October 2017.