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11.01 - 09.02.2017
Grenoble and Haute-Provence, France

ERCA is a high level international course on the Physics and Chemistry of atmospheres, the climate system and climate change, atmospheric pollution at different scales and the human dimensions of environmental changes. The course also covers other planets, satellites and objects of the solar system and beyond. The course is for thesis students, scientists and engineers from universities, public research institutes and private research or industrial organizations.  It is taught in English and lasts five weeks.

The 25th session of ERCA will specially explore the theme "from 25 years ago to 25 years forward" and will be organized around the following topics:

  • atmospheric chemistry and atmospheric composition changes,
  • Earth climate system and the science of Climate change,
  • Earth Science system - Impact and society,
  • experimental techniques and research methodologies for the atmospheric sciences,
  • hydrology and precipitation: water cycle in climate change.

The first four weeks (11 Jan.- 4 Febr. 2017) will take place at Maison des Magisteres, on the western university campus of Grenoble. The programme includes lectures (about 100 hours), practicals, and visits to research institutes. The participants will also present their own research work, and write a research proposal on thematics related to the ones of ERCA.

The final week of the course (5 to 9 February 2017) will be held at the OBSERVATOIRE DE HAUTE-PROVENCE (OHP). OHP is close to the small city of Forcalquier, about 170 km south of Grenoble and is one of the main French astronomical observatories, with various instruments for atmospheric measurements (lidars, spectrometers, ...) and several optical telescopes.

The deadline for registration is 18 September 2016.  Limited financial support is available to students from emerging and developing countries, and from Eastern Europe.

For full details, and to register for the course, visit the ERCA 2017 website.