COGCI has 4 different types of course work: Core courses, specialized courses, theme-days and student-seminars. The 30 ECTS requirement for a PhD student will be full-filled in the following way. 15 of the 30 ECTS should be obtained in COGCI courses/activities. These 15 ECTS consist of a 2.5 ECTS compulsory core course ( Science, research, institutions, and policy for global change) and at least one additional optional core course. The remaining ECTS should come from specialized COGCI courses and/or non-COGCI courses.

Guidelines for credit points

Core courses (calendar)

The core courses are broad and cross-disciplinary, highlighting interactions between climate and environment. There are 6 core courses, each to be held at least once every two years:

1. Science, research, institutions, and policy for global change

2. Aquatic Ecology (no course planned)

3. Forcing and Feedback Mechanisms in the Climate System

4. Ecosystem Processes.

5. Chronologies

6. Earth System Science

7. Scientific Writing Course (Contact Finn Surlyk)

19-29 August 2007 Summer Course on Mesoscale Meteorology and Predictability
University of Helsinki Hyytiälä Forestry Field Station, Finland

FIVA PhD-courses

Specialized courses

These courses will give the student up-to-date skills in research theories and techniques within a specific subject area. The specialized courses will attempt to cover many areas of climate and environmental research. In addition, it may be beneficial for students to follow non-COGCI courses; e.g. international courses. Examples of COGCI specialized courses are: Advanced data analysis in climate research, Climate development in the Holocene, Ecotoxicology, Aquatic Ecosystems, Terrestrial Ecosystems, Arctic Ecosystems, Tropical Ecosystems, Landuse (GIS), Biodiversity, Environmental Chemistry, Cycling of elements on a regional/global scale, Atmospheric Science, Remote Sensing.

Introduction to Remote Sensing (Web based course)


COGCI will communicate global change, climate and environmental issues to society in general. This will be done by having 1-2 theme-days per semester. These theme-days will focus on a topic of current interest. COGCI will invite keynote speakers, and socio-economic aspects of global change will be included. Student's participation will be counted towards the 30 ECTS requirement.

Student Seminars

PhD students will give at least 2 presentations at student seminars. The purpose is to train communication skills at the highest scientific level.