Eddy Covariance Flux Measurements Winter School 2019

The Eddy Covariance Flux Measurements Winter School 2019 will take place 10-14 June at the Vuwani Science Resource Centre in Limpopo, South Africa.

The course encompasses a varied format of lectures, hands-on sessions, interactive workshops, discussions, and opportunities for networking. Topics cover various aspects of greenhouse gas monitoring in Africa, with particular emphasis in South Africa. The focus of the course is on measuring techniques; in particular, the Winter School will provide students with theoretical background and hands-on sessions in setting up Eddy Covariance flux measurement instruments and processing data. During the course, participants will also have the chance to get direct feedback and advice on their own project.

The course aims to support young researchers in initiating new projects and taking better advantage of existing Eddy Covariance infrastructures and data.

The Winter School is organised by the partners and collaborators of EMSAfrica, and the EU Horizon 2020 project SEACRIFOG (Supporting EU-African Cooperation on Research Infrastructures for Food Security and Greenhouse Gas Observations).

Course teachers include experts in micrometeorology as well as senior researchers working on different fields using Eddy Covariance flux data in their research. This follows the multidisciplinary, multi-scale approach of EMSAfrica, where Eddy Covariance flux data is linked with different on-site measurements and coupled with remote sensing data to produce models on Southern African vegetation patterns and carbon balance.

Lead teachers are Christian Brümmer (Thünen Institute for Climate-Smart Agriculture, Braunschweig, Germany) and Gregor Feig (South African Environmental Observation Network /Expanded Freshwater and Terrestrial Observation Network).

Who should apply:

Students and early-career researchers (MSc and PhD students and postdoctoral researchers) as well as technicians are encouraged to apply for the Winter School.

The course is primarily intended to participants from Angola, Namibia and South Africa. Applications from other (Southern) African countries will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Date
10th - 14th June, 2019

Location
The location of the course is the Vuwani Science Resource Centre of the University of Venda in the Limpopo Province, South Africa,. Accommodation details will be updated on this website soon.

Programme 
The detailed programme of the winter school will be updated here soon. Draft programme can be downloaded here (pdf).

Confirmed teachers

  • Christian Brümmer (Thünen Institute for Climate-Smart Agriculture, Germany)
  • Gregor Feig (South African Environmental Observation Network/Expanded Freshwater and Terrestrial Environmental Observation Network)
  • Eric Maluta (University of Venda, South Africa)
  • Ana López-Ballesteros (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
  • Johannes Beck (Southern African Science Service Centre for Climate Change and Adaptive  Land Management, Namibia)
  • Mohau Mateyisi (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, South Africa)
  • Humbelani Thenga (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, South Africa)
  • Amukelani Maluleke (Council of Scientific & Industrial Research, South Africa)
  • Alecia Nickless (University of Bristol, United Kingdom)
  • Jean-Pierre Delorme (Thünen Institute for Climate-Smart Agriculture, Germany)
  • Jens-Kristian Jüdt (Thünen Institute for Climate-Smart Agriculture, Germany)
  • Phumudzo Tharaga (University of the Free State, South Africa)

Fees and Funding
We offer ten fully funded (travel and accommodation) slots for the course via support from the German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Please see below the instructions of applying for the funded slots.

In addition, up to ten self-funded slots are offered for participants with their own funding. No course fees are asked from participants applying for these slots, but they will need to cover the costs of their own travel and accommodation.

Application

The applications for this year's course have been closed. However, this course will be run in 2020 again, and details will be updated here in due time.

Each applicant will be informed about admittance no later than 12th May. The selection of participants will be done by a committee consisting of course teachers.

Materials
Advertisement poster (PDF).
Course description (PDF).

Course materials will be available here after the course.

Contact
Course coordinator Dr. Mari Bieri/ Thünen Institute of Climate-Smart Agriculture
Email: mari.bieri@thuenen.de