CLIVAR-FIO Joint Summer School in 2018

Monday, June 25, 2018 to Saturday, July 7, 2018
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As a follow-up action after successfully hosting a CLIVAR Early Career Scientists Symposium in September, 2016, back to back with the CLIVAR Open Science Conference, the First Institute of Oceanography, State Oceanic Administration (FIO/SOA) of China expressed its interest in hosting a CLIVAR Summer School, which is proposed to be an international training programme of CLIVAR. Having regard to the action of the 22nd Session of the CLIVAR Scientific Steering Group (SSG), whereby the CLIVAR SSG welcomed the idea of "establishing a CLIVAR Summer School”, the CLIVAR-FIO Joint Summer School on “Past, Present and Future Sea Level Changes” will be organised in Qingdao, China, from June 25 to 30, 2018, 

The objective of the CLIVAR summer school is to provide training and joint research opportunities for the next generation of climate and ocean scientists, while increasing the networking of early career scientists across different countries through provision of a biannual training course in English, with recognized international experts invited as lecturers at appropriate times, to around 40-45 young scientists and doctoral /master students globally. Also, the CLIVAR Summer School will establish a platform to foster international joint research among lectures and trainees, and to provide opportunities of exchanging visiting scholars and doctoral education.

In 2018, the CLIVAR-FIO Summer Course will cover a wide range of physical processes contributing to global and regional sea level change: from observations to modelling of the main physical processes of global and regional sea level rise and variability. In addition, there is a specific focus on impact studies in coastal areas. 

Meanwhile, a training course organised by UNESCO/IOC Regional Training and Research Center on on Ocean Dynamics and Climate (ODC) on "Ocean Forecast Systems" will be organised back to back with the CLIVAR Summer School, from July 2 to 7, 2018 also in Qingdao, China. The ODC training course will cover regional ocean forecast systems, from ocean data assimilation, forecast of wave, tide and circulation in regional and coastal areas, and to practice of regional ocean forecast and interpretation of numerical results.

Date and Venue
CLIVAR-FIO Joint Summer School on ‘Past, Present And Future Sea Level Changes’ will be conducted from June 25 to 30, 2018, and the UNESCO/IOC ODC Training Course On ‘Ocean Forecast Systems’ will be organised from July 2 to 7, 2018. We encourage you to apply both. More information can be found on the website of CLIVAR ( or the ODC Center at (
Lecturers and Agenda for the Training Course
Experienced experts on sea level and ocean forecast will serve as lecturers of this training course. Lecturers are listed as follows. Detailed agenda for the training course will be updated on the website of CLIVAR ( and the website of the ODC Center ( 
Working Language
The training course will be conducted in English.
Trainees will be selected globally with priority given to those young scientists and junior technical staff who have experience in studying or working on sea level changes or ocean forecast, and/or have doctoral degrees in a related major. The applicants must have a good command of English. 
Financial Assistance for Participants
Limited financial support will be provided by FIO for about 20 trainees mainly from developing countries. A selection committee will be set-up with a view to selecting the most qualified early career scientists among applications to receive financial assistance. The information filled in the attached application form will be of great help for the selection process.
Deadline for Application
Please fill in the on-line application no later than 10 April 2018. In case you had difficulty in accessing to the online system, please send the following 3 documents to both Dr Jose Santos and Dr Xunqiang Yin at the following email addresses by 10 April 2018.
  1. An offline register form (DOC);
  2. Your CV; and 
  3. Letter of support from the Head of the Institution you are currently affiliated

All applicants will be informed of the final selection result no later than 30 April 2018. A certain number of self-funded applicants will be also selected to take part in this training course.

Selected trainees traveling to China probably need to apply for entry visa to China in accordance with relevant laws and regulations. Please check the visa requirements with the Chinese Embassy/Consulate in your country and apply for it as soon as possible. The local secretariat ( will be glad to provide you any assistance upon your request.
Contacting Information

Dr. Jose Santos

Executive Director ICPO




Dr Xunqiang Yin

UNESCO/IOC Regional Training and
Research Center on Ocean
Dynamics and Climate
First Institute of Oceanography
Qingdao, P. R. China
Tel/Fax: + 86-532-8896 7415