2020 ECORD and NESSC Summer School: "(Past) Climates and the Earth System"
PCES 2020 - Urbino, Italy - July 13-26, 2020

Given the unprecedented global events due to COVID-19 and considering the uncertainty around near-future developments as well as concern for the safety and well-being of our community, the difficult decision has been made to cancel the Paleoclimate and Earth System 2020 summer course.

Understanding climate dynamics is becoming increasingly critical as our species continues to perturb the complex Earth system on geologically rapid time-scales. Modelling of climate dynamics on local to global scales provides insights into the evolution of climate in the future.

In parallel, the exploration of geological, biological, and chemical archives of past extreme climate conditions provides a crucial tool to test numerical simulations of climate, and an opportunity to study natural rapid climate variability with all feedbacks intrinsic to the Earth system.

The integration of reconstructions and modelling to assess the functioning of the Earth System maximizes the scientific return by allowing quantitative estimates of change as well as by providing key foundations for developing sound predictions of future climate, environment, ultimately needed to develop a sustainable future.

(Past)Climates and the Earth System (PCES2020) offers a student-centred environment that promotes this integrative approach to the Earth System Sciences, with a focus on (the reconstruction of) the functioning of climate and biogeochemical systems in the geological past.

The course will provide PhD students and post-doctoral scientists with theoretical and practical teaching on crucial themes of (paleo)climatology including climate and carbon cycle dynamics and modelling, continental ice volume, climate sensitivity to CO2 forcing, tipping points and techniques of past climate reconstruction, notably applied to climate system under warmer-than-present-day conditions.

The course price is 650€ if you register no later than March 31, 2020.
Late registration penalty: 100€

Course Program

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Mission Statement

(Past) Climates and the Earth System 2020 (PCES) is a one-off, multidisciplinary course that integrates theoretical, practical, and field-based teaching on the Earth System, notably regarding key subjects of paleoclimatology and paleoceanography. Topics covered include functioning of the modern Earth climate system, geochemical and biotic proxies and their application to paleoclimate reconstructions on various timescales, chronostratigraphy, climate modelling, warmer-than-modern climates, and climate sensitivity.

The goals of PCES are to train graduate students from disparate disciplines, providing participants with an advanced working knowledge on proxy data and models (including their uncertainties) and their use in evaluating past climates, and to provide a stimulating learning environment in which students and instructors can interact and exchange. This document reaffirms our strong commitment to fostering the most supportive, healthy learning environment for all students and instructors in our community.

Code of Conduct

An essential component of the structure of PCES is the integration of many formal and informal opportunities for learning and mentoring (classroom, fieldtrips, social events, informal lunches and dinners, etc.). Embodied in the spirit of PCES is the principle that we are – together – a community of learners, and that the intellectual development of all participants (students and instructors) should be supported at all times. To facilitate this, all participants (students and instructors) are required to abide by the following guidelines for the duration of the summer school, both inside and outside of the classroom.

It is essential that you read this code of conduct and agree to these guidelines to participate in PCES.

  • All individuals (students and instructors) are committed to providing a welcoming, supportive environment in which all students and instructors are able to succeed and thrive.
  • PCES is an international community, and we each come with our own culturally-informed perspectives, and biases. All participants agree to be respectful of the opinions, views, and rights of others.
  • Harassment and sexist, racist, or exclusionary comments or jokes will not be tolerated. Harassment includes unwelcome and sustained/repeated disruption of teaching, studying, or presentation; inappropriate physical contact, sexual attention, or innuendo; deliberate intimidation; stalking. Offensive comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, or religion will not be tolerated. We have a zerotolerance policy on hate speech.
  • All individuals (students and instructors) agree to support the physical and emotional well-being of fellow PCES participants, both inside the class room and outside the classroom.

All instructors, students, and visitors have a shared responsibility in meeting the spirit and letter of these guidelines and shall share any questions, concerns, and/or observations ASAP with the co-directors or established PCES Ombudspersons. If PCES determines that this code of conduct has been broken, then the individual may be required to participate in restorative justice and/or be dismissed from the program with immediate effect.

Code of Conduct PDF CLICK HERE