Innsbruck Summer School of Alpine Research


Surface-Atmosphere Exchange over Mountainous Terrain

(Innsbruck, 23-29 August 2015)

Surface-Atmosphere exchange processes play an essential role in a wide range of fields such as numerical weather prediction, climate modeling, glaciology, air pollution assessment and environmental modeling and hydrology. In complex mountainous terrain not only the models need to be adapted to slanting surfaces and inherently non-homogeneous conditions, also many observational techniques require special attention and process understanding must be revisited. InnSAR will provide state-of-the-art knowledge on these topics through lectures, excursions and hands-on student projects with a focus on:
  • Planetary boundary layer processes in complex terrain
  • Trace gas and aerosol exchange in mountainous region
  • Mass and energy fluxes over snow and ice surfaces

    The Summer School was organized by the Institute of Atmospheric and Cryospheric Sciences (formerly: Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics; IMGI) which is associated to University of Innsbruck (Austria) and its Center of Climate and Cryosphere.





    The Summer School was hosted at Grillhof, which is an educational center close to Innsbruck. The fee included accomodation in double rooms, breakfast, lunch and evening buffet, coffee served during morning and afternoon breaks. It also includes expenses  related to visting IMGI labs and field sites in the lower Inn Valley as well as participation in a field excursion a glacier.


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    InnSar lecturing


    Grillhof (the InnSar venue)

    IBox site Hochäuser

    View of an IMGI turbulence measurement site (Hochhäuser)

    Atmospheric physics lab

    Atmospheric chemistry lab at IMGI


    Hintereisferner (Ötztal Alps)


    Innsbruck towards Nordkette