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Cambridge Global Challenges


This practical course is designed for PhD and early career scientists who want to gain confidence, experience and in-depth knowledge about atmospheric science fieldwork.

This year, NCAS are targeting more applications from PhD students and early career scientists across the UK and Europe to encourage a more competitive application process. 

You will spend twelve days taking part in hands-on learning activities and lectures, and leading scientists from across the UK will provide mentorship and teach you about different techniques and equipment. Our comprehensive programme will challenge you to:

  • use synoptic charts and other data to give daily weather forecasts
  • profile the atmosphere using radiosondes and surface measurements on a mountain
  • log data and work with instruments in remote locations
  • investigate atmospheric trace gases and aerosols

Our researchers have years of experience in field campaigns across the globe, from Borneo to Cape Verde, using both ground-based and airborne instruments. We have been training students and researchers in field campaign measurements for over twelve years.

The school culimates with the students planning and executing their own field campaign structured around reaching the highest point on the island - the summit of Goatfell.


You can watch our short video about the atmospheric summer school.

Please find further information here.

Sunday, 14 May, 2017 - 09:00 to Thursday, 25 May, 2017 - 18:00
Event location: 
Arran Outdoor Centre, Isle of Arran, Scotland
Cambridge Global Challenges is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

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