Course on: "Forcing and Feedback in the Climate System"
Place: Rockefeller Komplekset, Juliane Maries Vej 30, Dk-2100 Copenhagen, DENMARK
Period: week 5, i.e. 26/1-30/1 2009. Activities will run from 9AM to 4PM each day. Evenings are free for preparations.
ECTS: The students can obtain 2.5, 5 or 7.5 ECTS points. 2.5 is obtained by attending the course. 5 is obtained
by attending the course and presenting an article (see below), and 7.5 is obtained by additional evaluation in terms
of an oral examinition or by acceptance of a small (20-25 pages) report.
The course consists of a mixture of lectures and student presentations where
each student should present one relevant scientific article for the other students
and some teachers.
Optionally, this will be supplemented by small analytical exercises and simple computer exercises.
The teachers and subjects are as follows :
Eigil Kaas: Definitions and concepts. Overview of feedbacks and feedback loops.
(Earth energy budget. The greenhouse effect. Definitions of forcing of climate.
Efficacy of radiative forcing. Transient climate sensitivity etc.)
Aksel Walløe Hansen: Linear feedback analysis.
Christian Bjerrum: The carbon cycle on geological time scales.
Peter Ditlevsen: The role of the biosphere in the Earth’s climate.
Jørgen Bendtsen: The ocean carbon cycle – dynamics and bio-geo-chemistry.
Jon Egill Kristjansson: Direct and indirect aerosol forcing of climate.
Peter Langen: Processes responsible for Arctic amplification.
Christoph Schär: Feedbacks associated with the hydrological cycle.
Aksel Walløe Hansen: The anthropogenic energy trap!
Jens Olaf Pepke Pedersen (not confirmed): Impact of galactic cosmic radiation on atmospheric ion-production, aerosol embryo’s and potential formation of cloud condensation nuclei.
Eigil Kaas: Slow versus fast feedbacks and millennial climate sensitivity.
COGCIs 2009 Policy course - end January - beginning February?
Science, research, institutions and policy for Global Change
The Policy course has been obligatory for COGCI students but has also been
followed my several other students. If a sufficient number of students will sign up.
The course will be given again early in 2009.
If you are interested to join, please send a mail to Sten Struwe indicating which of the
following weeks you could attend. The options are: week 4, 19 – 23 January, week 5,
26 - 31 January or week 6, 3 - 7 February. A later date in April is also possible.
Hours: All afternoons in one week from 13.00-16.30
Place: Probably Rockefeller institute, Juliane Maries vej 30, Kbh Ø
ECTS: The course is estimated to 2.5 ECTS
The program for the 2008 course follows below, but changes are expected:
Introduction. IGBP and ESSP - International organisations - Sten Struwe, COGCI
WCRP – Aksel Walløe Hansen, COGCI
Economic basis for climate adaptation or mitigation
John MacCallaway, UNEP center, Risø
The Danish research system and Funding opportunities
Trine Bendix Knudsen, Forsknings- og innovationsstyrelsen
KU Climate initiatives and Climate conference 2009 - Katherine Richardson,
AU & KU
Global Change and Ecosystem research in the EU framework programmes - ( EU officer)
The European Environmental. Agency, The Biodiversity Convention - TorBjörn Larsson, EEA
The climate convention, COP 15 and Denmarks´ role!
Katrine Krogh Andersen, Klima- og energiministeriet
One afternoon is used on student presentations and discussions of a hot topic and in 2009 it could be the preparations for COP 15
All presentations are in English
Contactperson: Sten Struwe firstname.lastname@example.org
COGCI Ph.D. course MAy 2009
The COGCI course on Ecosystem Processes will be offered again in 2009 24-30
May in Kristiansminde field station provided a sufficient number of participants
sign up. Kristiansminde is situated 1 km from Sorø train station 75 km
southwest of Copenhagen.
A number of researchers in Biology, Geography and Chemistry in Denmark and from abroad will give lectures, provide demonstrations of methods and equipment and establish small scale measurement programmes in the field.
The course will be conducted in English.
Sten Struwe, Department of Biology - Microbiology, University of Copenhagen, Sølvgade 83 H, 1307 Copenhagen K e-mail: email@example.com
The course is aiming at giving a general overview of ecosystem processes for non-specialists and will focus on sensitive processes of interest in a Global change context covering climate change and land-use change. The course is planned especially to concentrate on production and emission of greenhouse gases and provide opportunity for conducting small experiments in different ecosystems and compare measurements with different types of instruments.
The course is free for all COGCI students and for graduate students in the course exchange programme. Other students should expect to pay for food and lodging: 1500 DKK or 200€.
Please send a message for preliminary registration to Sten Struwe, Section of Microbiology, University of Copenhagen at firstname.lastname@example.org. When the final programme is circulated you will be encouraged to send a confirmation of participation and a short summary of your project
This comprehensive course consists of presentations and discussions, joint field work and project presentations by the participants and is estimated to give 7.5 ECTS credit units.