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Summer School: “Crash Course on Data Assimilation - Theoretical foundations and advanced applications with focus on ensemble methods”

Tuesday, 6. June 2017 - 8:30 to Friday, 9. June 2017 - 17:00


Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center - NERSC
Thormoehlensgt. 47
5006 Bergen
60° 22' 56.4492" N, 5° 19' 36.804" E

The 4-days school aims at PhD-level students and early stage scientists with beginner or no notions of data assimilation intending to apply data assimilation as part of their research. The crash course will cover the basic notions of data assimilation, focusing on ensemble methods, illustrated with real-scale / operational applications and with the aid of practical exercises.

The event is organised in the framework of the Nordic Countries Centre of Excellence EmblA (https://embla.nersc.no/).

The temporary list of lectures and (tentative) topics is given below:

  • Geir Evensen (IRIS & NERSC, Norway): Basic principles of inference and theory of variational and sequential Gaussian analysis, EnKF fundamentals
  • Laurent Bertino (NERSC, Norway): Background statistics, spatial covariances, anamorphosis for non Gaussian variables
  • Alberto Carrassi (NERSC, Norway): Data assimilation for chaotic dynamics
  • Francois Counillon (NERSC, Norway): Data assimilation for climate prediction
  • Remus Hanea (STATOIL, Norway): Data Assimilation for oil reservoirs
  • John Harlim (PSU, USA): Model error treatment in data assimilation
  • Jesper Mariegård (DHI, Denmark): Operational assimilation for sea-level and tides
  • Patrick Raanes (NERSC, Norway): Exercises and illustrations using the DA Python platform DAPPER
  • Annette Samuelsen (NERSC, Norway): Data assimilation for the ecosystem
  • Mikhail Sofiev (FMI, Finland): Data assimilation for chemical transport and aerosol
  • Peter Jan Van Leeuwen (Un. of Reading, UK): Particle filters

A preliminary agenda will be made available on this page.

The school has not a fee, but the number of participants is limited to 30.

The deadline to apply is February, 15th 2017.
Application recipient is now closed.

The committee will select the students based on their area of interest and the motivation statement.
Priority will be given to PhD students and early career scientists in the field of data assimilation.
Full or partial financial support will be considered upon request.

The participants will be encouraged to bring over a poster for presenting their research activities.

If you want to attend, please sign up below. Fill in attending dates and lunches.

The crash-course is organised in conjunction with the 12th International EnKF workshop (http://www.iris.no/enkf/enkf-homepage) taking place on June 12-14, 2017 in Os (Bergen), Norway. Participants to the Crash Course on DA are then strongly encouraged to attend the workshop too.

For a list of hotels available in Bergen, please see this site:
The following hotels are particularly convenient for their location close to NERSC: Hotel Park Pension, Hotel Augustin, Clarion Hotel Admiral, Citybox.
NERSC can be reached on foot from the city center (15 minutes walk) or by light rail at the station "Florida".

The organizing committee:

Geir Evensen (IRIS and NERSC, Bergen, Norway)
Laurent Bertino (NERSC, Bergen, Norway)
Alberto Carrassi (NERSC, Bergen, Norway)


Contact Person
Alberto Carrassi