Thursday, April 25, 2013 - Friday, May 31, 2013

[CALL FOR APPLICATIONS IS NOW CLOSED] 1st International ACCIÓN/UNESCO Climate School on “Andean Climate Variability and Change"


The Andean Climate Change Interandean Observatory Network (ACCIÓN) an initiative funded by the US State Department, together with the UNESCO International Hydrologic Program (IHP) invites atmospheric and environmental science students from Andean countries to participate in the 1st Climate School on "Andean Climate Variability and Change" in Lima, Peru from 3-6 September 2013.

The 1st International ACCIÓN/UNESCO Climate School focuses on the topic of "Andean Climate Variability and Change", due to its timeliness and the important consequences of climate change for the Andean environment and society. The climate school intends to focus both on the uncertainties in our current understanding of the climate system as well as on the scientific challenges associated with future climate projections. The ACCIÓN climate school invites scientists from all fields of climate research to apply. The course aims to foster cross-disciplinary connections and collaborations and will cover a broad spectrum of climate change aspects. The school will include a mix of plenary lectures, group work and individual computer-based assignments. It is intended to provide a platform where the next generation of scientists from the Andes can gain professional experience and make connections beyond their countries’ borders. The specific topics to be discussed at the workshop include:

• General concepts of Andean climate: mean state, variability and change

• Availability, applicability and limitations of data sets and methods for data analysis

• Theory of model development and analysis

• Key elements of regional atmospheric modeling (numerics, parameterization schemes, initial and boundary conditions)

• Downscaling methods (dynamical and empirical-statistical)

• Individual computer labs and group-based analysis of case studies

The climate school will take place at the Servicio Nacional de Meteorología e Hidrología (SENAMHI) in Lima, Peru. Information on hotel accommodations will be provided at a later date. Lectures and workshops will be taught by senior instructors from the University at Albany (USA), the Instituto Geofísico del Peru (IGP), SENAMHI (Peru) and the Departamento de Geofísica, Universidad de Chile.

• Dr. Mathias Vuille, University at Albany, Albany, NY, USA

• Dr. Ken Takahashi, IGP, Lima Peru

• Dr. Waldo Lavado, SENAMHI, Lima, Peru

• Dr. René Garreaud, University of Chile, Santiago, Chile

Please feel free to contact us with any questions at: Email:; Phone: +1.518.442.4472 (Mathias Vuille)

The summer school is open to undergraduate and graduate students, born or resident in an Andean country, actively engaged in climate science research. Participation is competitive as seats are limited. Participants will be selected in a process that ensures that the attendees will be highly qualified and represent different Andean countries. The summer school is free of charge. Costs associated with travel, lodging and meals will be covered by ACCIÓN and UNESCO.

In order to apply please send a 2-page resume, a letter of recommendation and a short statement (1 page max.) regarding how the climate school might benefit your research to Dr. Mathias Vuille (

Deadline for applications: 31 May 2013. Successful applicants will be notified early july.

This workshop is funded by:  and organized in collaboration with:

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