5th summer school on “Trends, Rhythms and Events in the Earth’s Climate System – Past, Present and Future” - Session I

The VolkswagenFoundation is funding our 5th summer school on “Trends, Rhythms and Events in the Earth’s Climate System – Past, Present and Future” in 2021. After summer schools in Africa and Europe, this one will be taught entirely online.

We will teach a series of two consecutive online summer schools on climate time series analysis, aimed at 25 doctoral students from geosciences and environmental-science related fields of biology, chemistry and physics.

These interdisciplinary summer schools will be designed for doctoral students, aiming (1) to improve their skills to understand the complex interaction of the processes in the Earth’s climate system, (2) to acquire knowledge in state-of-the-art methods of climate time series analysis, (3) to interpret the results of their analysis of past, present and future climate change, including the associated uncertainties, as well as (4) to identify, predict and communicate the impacts of natural and human-caused climate change in an interdisciplinary and intercultural environment.

The two summer schools each comprise three modules with each module covering a week. The first set of Modules 1–3 will focus on the dynamics of the Earth’s climate system, the fundamentals of climate time series analysis and the consideration of uncertainties in climate data. The second set of Modules 4–6 will be about advanced methods of climate time series analysis as well as the impacts of climate change. The cross-thematic Modules 7+8 are about visible traces and effects of climate change as observed in the field and about communicating climate change to non-experts such as decision makers and the public.


Ja , bis zum 01.12.2020



Universitäts-/ Fachbereich

Mathematisch-Naturwissenschaftliche Fakultät


23.05.2021, 09:00 Uhr
13.06.2021, 17:00 Uhr
1 Climate Dynamics, Past and Present | 23–30 May 2021 | Maslin, Kaboth-Bahr 2 Fundamentals of Climate Time Series - Analysis | 30 May–6 Jun 2021 | Trauth, Düsing 3 Uncertainty of Climate Data Across Scales | 6–13 Jun 2021 | Berner, N.N. as well as 7 Visible Traces and Effects of Climate Change | Trauth, Foerster, Müller 8 Communicating Climate Change | Foerster, Stiller-Reeve Requirements and Applications Participants will be selected by the instructors of this program. Applicants are required to hold an MSc degree (or equivalent) and to be currently participating in a doctoral program at an internationally recognized university. Applications should include 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 supervisor, along with a CV and a copy of the master's degree. Please send your full application, as a single PDF file, by email to apl. Prof. Dr. Martin H. Trauth (trauth@uni-potsdam.de) before 1 December 2020.


apl. Prof. Dr. Martin H. Trauth Institut fuer Geowissenschaften Universitaet Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany


apl. Prof. Dr. Martin H. Trauth
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25, Haus 27
14469 Potsdam

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