International Baltic Earth Summer School 2017 in Sweden

Deadline:  1 May 2017
Open to: Master or PhD students in marine sciences and associated fields from all Baltic Sea countries​
Venue: 28 August – 4 September 2017 at Askö Laboratory, Trosa, Sweden


The course will focus on past and future changes in climate of the Baltic Sea region. The Baltic Sea is a semi-enclosed sea with a large freshwater supply from rivers of the adjacent catchment area in the transition zone between maritime and continental climates in northern Europe. Many long-term observational data are available and provide a good knowledge about oceanic changes during the past two centuries and even longer periods. Proxy-data of the past 1,000 to 2,000 years bear witness of a pronounced climate variability in the region. Students will be introduced into fundamental processes of the atmosphere, ocean, sea-ice and land surface with relevance for the climate system. We will start from basic principles and equations of motion that describe the circulation and dynamics in the atmosphere, ocean and sea-ice.

The available knowledge in the literature about water and energy balances will be presented. Further basic methods of the analysis and modeling of the regional climate system will be introduced, including the statistical analysis of time series to identify changes in regional climate. We will explain atmospheric pressure patterns of the large-scale circulation like the North Atlantic circulation with influence on the Baltic Sea and the corresponding catchment area. The students will also be introduced into the functioning of the wind-driven and thermohaline circulations of the Baltic Sea. Furthermore, the course will deal with coupled atmosphere-ocean climate models, climate change, the greenhouse gas effect and other drivers of regional climate, dynamical downscaling, and the variability of circulation and regional climate.

We will also study the possible impact of climate change on the marine ecosystem including biogeochemical cycles. With the help of teachers from several disciplines, a holistic Earth System approach will be presented although the main focus of the course is on the physical aspects of changing climate. In addition to lectures, tutorials, exercises and literature studies the course will give the students the opportunity to discuss the learned topics further during group exercises.

The summer school will be at Askölaboratory which is a research station on an island situated 80 km south of Stockholm in the archipelago of Trosa (58° 49.5’ N, 17° 39’ E). Askölaboratory belongs to Stockholm University Baltic Sea Centre. In addition to the lab there is only one farm on the island.


 Master or PhD students in marine sciences and associated fields from all Baltic Sea countries can apply.


All travel costs will be reimbursed after the end of the summer school. If this is a problem for you, please contact BeritRecklebe ( immediately. For the reimbursement please keep your original receipts. We suggest that you book a morning flight to Arlanda airport. Between the airport and the central station there is a fast (20 min), frequently departing train, the Arlanda Express. Alternatively you may arrive by train at the central station of course. If there is no morning flight from your place, please stay over in Stockholm. We recommend to book your flights as soon as possible to get a reasonable price.

All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, fruits, coffee, tea, softdrinks, etc) are included. Please let Berit know as soon as possible if you have special dietary requests. There are no shops on the island and the research station is not a hotel. Please take everything that you need (e.g. sweets) with you (ö-laboratory/about-the-field-station/good-to-know). We will get the food from a catering company that will send the food with the regular boot to Askö. However in case of problems we might organize a ride to Trosa, the nearest village, for grocery shopping.

- Accomodation will be in 1- to 3-bed rooms. Please bring your own bedsheets (no sleeping bag), towels and indoor shoes.

- There is a sauna on Askö and hopefully time for swimming/snorkeling in the sea.We recommend to take a swimsuit/trunks with you.


Please provide your contact, a short motivation letter (max. 1 page), a short CV (max 2 pages) and recommendation letter from your supervisor.

Deadline for applications: 1 May 2017

Successful candidates will be notified by 15 May 2017.

Preliminary course agenda here

If you have any questions, feel free to contact with us:

The official web-page.