3rd Baltic Earth Winter School

Analysis of Climate Variability

  • LocationWarnemünde, Germany, or online (depending on the pandemic situation)
  • HostLeibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW), the University of Rostock and the International Baltic Earth Secretariat at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Hereon under the umbrella of Baltic Earth
  • ContributorVarious lecturers

Students will be introduced to the analysis of climate variability from years to millennia as recorded from instrumental data, historical documents and proxy data such as tree ring data or sediment cores. The focus will be on the climate of the Baltic Sea region but an overview on global climate variability and processes in the atmosphere, ocean, sea-ice and land surface relevant for the climate system will be introduced as well. For the analysis of climate variability, both statistical methods and numerical modeling are used. Methods for the detection of systematic changes in climate and for the attribution of drivers to these changes will be presented and discussed. The course will introduce fundamentals of statistics, time series analysis, multivariate data analysis, uncertainty analysis in statistical methods and strategies of statistical analysis.

The Baltic Sea is a relatively young marginal sea of the Atlantic Ocean that was formed after the last deglaciation. During the Last Glacial Maximum, a thick ice sheet covered the whole basin. After all ice had melted, first the Baltic Ice Lake was formed, then the Yoldia Sea and Ancylus Lake and, finally, the Littorina Sea (the Baltic Sea we know today), as a consequence of the interplay between sea level rise and land uplift which controls the water exchange between the Baltic Sea and the world ocean. The course will introduce the history of the Baltic Sea. In addition to lectures, tutorials, exercises and literature studies, the course will give students the opportunity to discuss the learned topics further during group exercises.

Course period: 8 days in total, 15-24 March 2022, no courses at the weekend

Credits: 3 ECTS for the successful participation (exam) in the course.

Estimated number of participants: ~ 10-20 students from all Baltic Sea countries

The School is open to master students in geosciences such as climate science, meteorology, oceanography and hydrology and associated fields. In case of available places, first year PhD students may be accepted as well.

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

Application deadline: 15 January 2022.
Successful candidates will be notified by end of January 2022.

The Winter school is planned on site in Warnemünde, Germany, presumably with COVID-19 restrictions in place (fully vaccinated/recovered + tested), but detailed infos will be issued later and will be available on this website.

Course Agenda

available here... Course Agenda Bews 2022 (591 KB)


Prof. Dr. Markus Meier
Dr. Bronwyn Cahill
Dr. Cyril Dutheil
Dr. Hagen Radtke
Dr. Jerome Kaiser
Dr. Florian Börgel
Dr. Hadi Bordbar
Dr. Marcus Reckermann


Berit Recklebe

Leibnitz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde

+49-381 5197 111

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