Postgraduate Studies in Weather and Climate Modeling

Lecture and infomoment postgraduate studies ‘Weather and Climate Modelling’

The modelling of weather and climate is a hot research topic. In 2016, the average global temperature reached a record high value for the 3rd consecutive year.

Extreme weather (hail, floods, heat waves,…) often results in huge human and economic losses. What type of climate can we expect in the future? Will it ever be possible to make perfect weather forecasts? In the highly urbanized world of 2018, megacities face very specific challenges such as air pollution and the urban heat island (see for this phenomenon in Gent). Can we use atmospheric models to investigate potential solutions (e.g. more green in the city,...) for these urban atmospheric problems?





Ghent University and the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium (RMI) organize the unique postgraduate program ‘Weather and Climate Modelling’ to prepare scientists for a career in the previously described topics. During this program, national and international experts active at different scientific institutes (RMI, VITO,..) explain the students in detail how weather and climate models are functioning.

Interested? An infomoment will be organised on Thursday 17th May (19h00 – 20h30 in room 1.1, building S9, campus De Sterre). Dr. Steven Caluwaerts (Ghent University) and prof. Piet Termonia (RMI, Ghent University) will give 2 mini-lectures about weather and climate modelling. Afterwards they will provide more details about the postgraduate program. You are all very welcome!

Detailed program

  • 19h00: mini-lecture dr. Steven Caluwaerts (teacher Dynamic Meteorology): The Mediterranean urban climate of Ghent.
  • 19h20: mini-lecture prof. Piet Termonia (teacher Climatology and Atmospheric Modelling): Today’s challenges for weather and climate modelling
  • 9h45: practical information about postgraduate program

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