6th Snow Science Winter School

The 6th Snow Science Winter School will teach modern techniques of snow measurements. The school consists of a field training complemented by theoretical lessons. It includes the practice with some of the state-of-the-art snow measurement techniques (specific surface area by reflection and spectroscopy, near-infrared photography, high-resolution penetrometry, micro-tomography, etc).

Target audience

Any graduate student or post-doc working on snow or in some snow related field, this year especially in climate change and impacts on human and nature, is welcome to participate. Those fields include everybody interested in cryospheric sciences.

Course structure

The focus of this school lies on alpine snowpack field measurements combined with theoretical lessons in the classroom. Students are supervised by a team of lecturers, experts in various snow-related fields and from different countries worldwide.

Field measurements will be done in small groups of 3-4 students. Each group of students will have to prepare a report describing the methods, results and interpretation of the data they will have collected over the week, in addition to other inputs that could be provided (modelling data for example).

The course corresponds to 3 ETCS-Points. The winter school is listed in the coursebook of the doctoral school at EPFL Lausanne. To receive full credit, a report taking 40 hours of homework must be handed in and will be evaluated.

Course cost

300 euros including accommodation, meals and social events.



Course details

Academic level(s)Master,PhD
Language of instruction
InstitutionFinnish Meteorological Institute
Begin date16.02.2020
End date22.02.2020
Registration deadline20.10.2019
ECTS credits3.0
Field schoolYes
Fields of studyEarth sciencePhysical science (others)
Teaching placeCol du Lautaret, France
Tagsfield schoolclimate changecryospheresnow and icewinter schoolmeasurements
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