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Stochastic Dynamics, Response Theory and Tipping Points in Climate - Summer School *POSTPONED until 2022
Provider: Faculty of Science

Activity no.: 5907-20-11-31
Enrollment deadline: 01/08/2020
Date and timeAugust 2020
Regular seats0
ECTS credits2.50
Contact personJulie Meier Hansen    E-mail address: juliemh@nbi.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPeter Ditlevsen    E-mail address: pditlev@nbi.ku.dk
Course workload
Course workload categoryHours
Preparation / Self-Study10.00
Project work15.00
Field Work6.00


Stochastic differential equations and bifurcation theory will be introduced with special emphasis on climate dynamics. Different types of tipping points and critical transitions in non-linear climate models will be discussed, and the statistics for early warning signals is derived. Bifurcation -, noise-, rate-induced tipping will be described and applied to climatic and paleoclimatic data. Students will work on projects, which will be presented at the end of the school.

Learning outcome
The learning outcome will be a general overview of the subject of the school and the specific research competences attained through the group work and the final report/paper.

Combination of research papers and textbook chapters (will be specified later).

Teaching and learning methods
The school will be structured such that there will be 2h/day in-depth lectures in the morning, with literature for preparation/orientation send to the students prior to the school. The lectures will be mixed with exercises (2h/day) specific to the subject. In the afternoon, the students will be working in groups on a larger project related to one of the topics above (3h/day). Each group will be under guidance of one assigned teacher. The end product of that is a presentation on the last day of the school and a small report/paper. In late afternoon, the teachers presents the pre-dinner inspirational scientific seminar (1h/day) followed by scientific discussion. The assessment of the students is formative and based on the presentation and report from the group project.

Guest Lecturers:
Professor Michel Crucifix, Université catholique de Louvain, Belgium
Dr Niklas Boers, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Freie Universit, Berlin
Professor Peter Ashwin, University of Exeter, UK

UCPH/ NBI Lecturer: Peter Ditlevsen

*Due to the COVID-19 situation, this summer school has been postponed until 2022. New dates and information re. course description/lecturers to be updated once confirmed.

Venue: Bornø institute for ocean and climate studies (http://www.bornoinstitute.o.se/)

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