We are pleased announcing the

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:

  1. Planetary boundary layer processes in complex terrain
  2. Trace gas and aerosol exchange in mountainous region
  3. Mass and energy fluxes over snow and ice surfaces

The Summer School is organized by the Institute of Meteorology and Geophysics (IMGI) which is associated to University of Innsbruck (Austria) and its Center of Climate and Cryosphere.

Important Dates

  • Application Start: January 2015
  • Application Deadline: 15 May 2015
  • Notification of Acceptance: 01 June 2015
  • Booking Deadline: 15 June 2015
  • Summer School: 23 - 29 Aug 2015
  • ICAM 2015 starting immediately after the Summer School


  • Target group: PhD students and young researchers
  • Number of participants: limited to 21
  • Admission and group assignment: based on a letter of motivation
  • Fee: approx. EUR 700, covering accomodation in double rooms and full board


  • Introductions on the topics (lectures)
  • Specific lectures on the topics
  • Key note evening lectures
  • Student projects (computer labs based on existing data)
  • Excursions to field sites and laboratories
  • Presentation and discussion of project outcomes


  • Martin Graus (IMGI)
  • Andreas Held (Univ. Bayreuth, Germay)
  • Thomas Karl (IMGI)
  • Georg Kaser (IMGI)
  • Lindsey Nicholson (IMGI)
  • Friedrich Obleitner (IMGI)
  • John Pomeroy (Univ.of Saskatchewan,Canada)
  • Mathias Rotach (IMGI)
  • Ivana Stiperski (IMGI)
  • Stephan de Wekker (Univ. Virginia, USA)
  • C. David Whiteman (Univ. Utah, USA)


The Summer School will be hosted at an educational center close to Innsbruck. The indicated fee includes accomodation in double rooms, breakfast, lunch and evening buffet, coffee served during morning and afternoon breaks. It also includes lab and field excursions to IMGI as well as to field sites in the lower Inn Valley and to a glacier. More detailed information will be announced by the next update.


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IBox site Hochäuser

View of a turbulence measurement site (Hochhäuser)

Atmospheric physics lab

Atmospheric chemistry labs at IMGI Hintereisferner

Hintereisferner (Ötztal Alps)


View of Innsbruck towards Nordkette


Grillhof ,i.e., our venue

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