The existing research infrastructure at the Alfred Wegener Institute Bremerhaven (AWI), University of Bremen, Institute for Environmental Physics (Uni-HB/IUP), and Jacobs University Bremen offers a unique research environment to study past, present and future changes of the climate system.
The foundation of the Earth System Research School at the AWI will focus on the integration of observations, palaeoclimate data, and climate modelling to better understand natural climate variations over a broad range of timescales and disciplines. The overall expertise available in observation, modelling, and reconstruction at the participating institutions provides an extremely solid base for interdisciplinary research. This excellent working and scientific environment will provide PhD students with advanced training and research support. The Research School will offer world-class educational possibilities thanks to its staff of internationally-recognised and highly rated expert scientists.
The Earth system, comprising the sun, atmosphere, oceans, cryosphere and solid Earth, determines the conditions experienced by the biosphere. The behaviour and emissions of the biosphere, in turn, feed back into the Earth system, influencing its chemical and physical processes. Earth System Science explores the various processes and transformations that have produced the planet on which we live. Monitoring and observation are key elements within Earth System Science, and are concerned with the large-scale regional and global measurement and interpretation of the behaviour of key parameters and species. It is internationally recognised that Earth System Sciences require structures that transcend the boundaries between disciplines, facilitating modern multidisciplinary research without losing the rigour of approach or technique of the classical scientific disciplines.
Research School Profile
The Research School will comprise more than 20 professors, senior scientists, and non-faculty postdoctoral researchers. Scientific research in the state of Bremen has an outstanding record of close cooperation between universities and non-university institutes. Emphasis is placed on the development and application of methods suitable for interdisciplinary Earth System Science.
Climate System: Studies in the Climate System focus on the coupled lithosphere-ocean-ice-atmosphere system and its importance for the world climate. Long-term tectonic changes have shaped the morphology of ocean basins, their margins and the continents and provide the geometric basis for ocean and atmospheric circulation during various climate stages. Detailed reconstructions of palaeobathymetry at significant geological epochs will improve constraints on simulations of past regional and global ocean circulation. Ocean and atmosphere dynamics provide the stage on which feedbacks with the biosphere take place and define past and future climate evolution. AWI researchers conduct surveys and numerical simulations related to ocean circulation, transport of material and energy in the polar seas and the polar atmosphere, and to the influence of these processes on the global climate system. An important focus is placed on climate modelling and the statistical analysis of palaeoclimate data derived from marine sediments and polar ice cores, which provide a wealth of data on past ocean temperature changes, atmospheric circulation, and effects on biogeochemical cycles.
Courses in ESSReS
The educational programme of the Research School is composed of three years training with special courses focussing on the common research field Earth System Sciences. Since all PhD students will have primarily experienced a traditional education and have a background in geoscience topics, no one is educated in an interdisciplinary way.
The educational programme consists of basic courses, expert courses, seminars, and soft skill training.
|Language:||Study in English|
|Institution:||Alfred Wegener Institute Bremerhaven (AWI), University of Bremen, Institute for Environmental Physics (Uni-HB/IUP), and Jacobs University Bremen|