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Study atmospheric science

Dates: 18-29 January 2021
Location: Virtual Course

The Introduction to Atmospheric Science training course provides students and early career researchers with a broad overview of atmospheric science, laying down the foundation for more detailed study and fieldwork. 

Leading atmospheric scientists will introduce you to the key concepts of atmospheric science, broadening your understanding of atmospheric processes and interactions. 

Participants will build their knowledge while developing an awareness of how their work relates to others in the atmospheric science community. 

The key areas covered in the course are: 

1. Introduction to weather systems (including atmospheric thermodynamics, weather systems, cloud physics, atmospheric boundary layer)
2. Atmospheric composition of the mesosphere, stratosphere and troposphere
3. Air quality and atmospheric aerosols
4. Climate (including variability and modelling, atmospheric chemistry, radiative forcings)

Learning outcomes

We aim for students to:

  • Understand the broad topics of atmospheric science including weather systems, atmospheric physics, atmospheric composition and climate
  • Use this new knowledge to create a route for further detailed study
  • Work in teams to better understand the breadth of study within the atmospheric science community
  • Understand how different research fields connect together to create certain outcomes, perhaps unexpectedly
  • Teaching staff

    The course is delivered by experts in the field from the National Centre for Atmospheric Science, other NERC Research Centres, and UK universities.

    Key staff include:

  • Dr Ryan Neely: Course Lead, National Centre for Atmospheric Science
  • Professor Stephen Mobbs: Director, National Centre for Atmospheric Science
  • Professor Alistair Lewis: Deputy Director, National Centre for Atmospheric Science
  • Professor Geraint Vaughan: Director of Observations, National Centre for Atmospheric Science
  • Professor Suzanne Gray: University of Reading
  • Professor John Pyle FRS: National Centre for Atmospheric Science
  • Professor Claire Reeves: University of East Anglia
  • Applications

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    Attendance on the Introduction to Atmospheric Science course is a prerequisite for attendance on the Atmospheric Measurement Summer School.

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    Course schedule

    The Introduction to Atmospheric Science Course will take place virtually in 2021. The course will run from 09:00-13:00 over two weeks. Teaching will take place on Zoom, and there will still be opportunities to work and engage with the other students and the expert staff delivering the programme. If you have any questions about the course and the planned virtual experience please email training@ncas.ac.uk.


    Full academic rate £450
    Educational discount rate £300

    The education discount may be available to those students or post-docs not eligible for the subsidised rate.

    NCAS subsidised rate £150

    The NCAS subsidised rate is available to UK & EU students attending UK universities or students supervised by NCAS staff.

    Once you have been offered a place on this course, you will be asked to pay the course fees via the University of Leeds online store.

    Commercial rate

    Attendees from commercial organisations should contact training@ncas.ac.uk to discuss the course fee.

    The course fee includes all tuition, activities, materials and organised social events.

    Travel and accommodation

    As this is a virtual course there will be no requirement for travel and accommodation and no refreshments are provided.

    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.

    Cancellations/ refunds

    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.

    All cancellations must be sent in writing to training@ncas.ac.uk.

    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.