Study atmospheric science fieldwork
Dates: Summer 2023
Location: Arran Outdoor Centre, Arran.
We hope to return to Arran for a full fieldwork course in Summer 2023. Subscribe to our Reach for the Skies mailing list to be contacted when our online alternative becomes available.
We recognise the need within the atmospheric science community for training in measurement skills, and we are working hard to develop an online training alternative which we plan to deliver this year as an interim measure.
The Atmospheric Measurement Summer School provides the key skills required for practical fieldwork, with guidance from leading researchers.
On the remote Isle of Arran, known for its dramatic landscapes, coastal walks and local whisky, we will provide students with a fast-paced and friendly fieldwork experience.
You will gain confidence, experience, and in-depth knowledge of how real fieldwork takes place.
We believe fieldwork is reliant on teamwork. This fundamental idea underpins all our activities, whether you’re preparing daily weather forecasts, measuring local pollution emissions, or logging data on the island’s highest peak – Goatfell.
Take note, the Atmospheric Measurement Summer School isn’t just for practical scientists. Anyone who works with observational data will benefit from a better understanding of how data is collected.
We encourage applications from PhD students, early career researchers, and researchers who are new to fieldwork.
How to apply
Registration for 2023 courses will open soon
If you are interested in our online fieldwork course, send us an email and we’ll keep you posted.
We recommend that you attend our Introduction to Atmospheric Science before joining us for the Atmospheric Measurement Summer School.
If you haven’t attended the Introduction to Atmospheric Science, you will need to complete self-study materials before the Atmospheric Measurement Summer School starts.
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We aim for students to:
- Effectively participate in field work projects, including how to manage time, resources and expectations
- Design and execute their own field work experiments
- Collect appropriate data and supporting meta-data
- Analyse data and understand the appropriate errors
- Work effectively in a team
The Atmospheric Measurement Summer School is taught by researchers with experience in field campaigns across the globe, from Borneo to Cape Verde.
Our curriculum is led by Professor Stephen Mobbs, Executive Director of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science.
Our teaching staff includes:
- Professor Geraint Vaughan, Director of Observations at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Manchester
- Dr Barbara Brooks, Joint Head of the Atmospheric Measurement & Observation Facility, University of Leeds
- Dr Ryan Neely III, Lecturer in Atmospheric Science at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Leeds
- Dr Hugo Ricketts, Research Scientist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Manchester
- Dr Paul Williams, Research Scientist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Manchester
- Dr Jamie Trembath, Instrument Team Leader at the Facility for Airborne Atmospheric Measurements, Cranfield University
- Dr Sarah Moller, Science Theme Leader for Air Pollution at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of York
- James Groves, IT Manager at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Leeds
- Dr Ioana Colfescu, Research Scientist at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, University of Leeds
- Geoff Monks, Forecaster at the Mountain Weather Information Service
The Atmospheric Measurement Summer School runs a fast-paced and full-on programme. We run activities from 08:30 to 20:00 on most days, but there is scheduled free time so you can unwind and adjust to the fieldwork experience.
We often start the day with short lectures, but most of the time you’ll be carrying out hands-on measurements and working in remote locations around the island.
Course rate includes all teaching, activities, materials, accommodation, subsistence and organised social events. You will be expected to pay the course rate via the University of Leeds online store, following a successful application.
Full academic rate £2,575
Educational discount rate £1,895
The discounted rate may be available to students and post-doctoral researchers who are not eligible for the UK & European Student Rate. Two bursaries of £1,000 are available to PhD students at European universities.
Student rate £895
This is available for UK and European students who are attending UK universities, or students who are supervised by National Centre for Atmospheric Science staff members.
If you are eligible for the Student Rate and also attend the Introduction to Atmospheric Science, you can attend both courses for a combined rate of £1,050.
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Tell us who recommended the Atmospheric Measurement Summer School to you on your application form and they will receive a £50 voucher if your application is successful. They must have attended the Atmospheric Measurement Summer School before – that’s the only way they can give a genuine recommendation.
Next year, if you recommend the Atmospheric Measurement Summer School to a friend or colleague, you could receive the same reward.
Travel and accommodation
Accommodation is provided at the Arran Outdoor Centre in Lamlash, Isle of Arran.
Attendees are responsible for arranging and paying for their own transport to and from the Isle of Arran.
After you have secured a place on the Atmospheric Measurement Summer School, you will need to arrange and pay for your own return travel to Ardrossan Harbour.
You can reach the Isle of Arran by ferry from Ardrossan. Simply buy your ferry ticket at the harbour on the day of travel. The ferries run in line with the railway schedule.
2021 Ferry timetable
All students should aim to arrive at Ardrossan Harbour in plenty of time to check in for the 15.20 ferry on Monday May 10 2021 from Ardrossan to Brodick.
The ferry is scheduled to arrive in Brodick at 16.15 and a minibus will be sent to collect you and take you to Arran Outdoor Centre.
It is intended that all students will take the 11.05 ferry on Friday 21 May 2021 from Brodick to Ardrossan. The ferry is scheduled to arrive in Ardrossan Harbour at 12.00 noon for the 12.36 train towards Glasgow.
You should plan your travel arrangements to ensure that you arrive in good time.
All students are expected to attend all aspects of the Atmospheric Field Measurement programme.
Terms and conditions
Attendees are required to pay in full by credit/debit card or provide a valid purchase order from their home organisation by the confirmation deadline. All payments and refunds are processed by the University of Leeds.
Attendee cancellations are subject to a £50 administration fee, plus any accommodation cancellation costs incurred by us, where the cancellation is made more than six weeks (twelve weeks for the Atmospheric Measurement Summer School) before the date of the training course. The remaining balance of the course fee will be refunded.
No refund is payable for a cancellation made within six weeks (twelve weeks for the Atmospheric Measurement Summer School) immediately prior to the training course – in this event the full course fee will remain payable. In the event that a place can be filled by another student then the full fee (less the £50 administration fee) will be refunded once the replacement student has paid in full.
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Amendments and cancellations
It may be necessary for us to change the content and timing of a course, the staff, the date or the venue. In the unlikely event of the course being cancelled, we will provide a full refund. For all bookings, the liability of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science/University of Leeds shall be limited to the amount of the fee paid to the National Centre for Atmospheric Science/University of Leeds by the delegate.