CLIVAR-FIO Summer School on Ocean Macroturbulence and Its Role in Earth’s Climate

Monday, July 6, 2020 to Saturday, July 11, 2020
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CLIVAR-FIO Summer School on Ocean Macroturbulence and Its Role in Earth’s Climate

6-11 July  2020, Qingdao China

Online Registration is now Open! (Deadline: 24:00 GMT+8, 27 March 2020)

To download the poster.


A joint CLIVAR-FIO Summer School on 'Ocean Macroturbulence and Its Role in Earth’s Climate' will take place 6-11 July, 2020 at the First Institute of Oceanography, Ministry of Natural Resources in Qingdao, China. The overview of this course is as follows:

Ocean macroturbulence comprises fronts, eddies, and currents on the ocean meso- and submeso-scales (1-300km). These features are ubiquitous in the world ocean, as revealed by observations and models now available at ever greater spatial resolutions. At the same time, there is mounting evidence that motions on these scales play fundamental roles in Earth’s climate system: by transporting heat, momentum, and nutrients within the ocean, by influencing air-sea fluxes of heat, fresh water, and carbon, and by shaping marine ecosystems.

Leading experts in ocean macroturbulence will address the following topics:

  • Observations: How are remote and in situ observations made on these scales, what new technologies (e.g. autonomous vehicles) are becoming available, and what are the challenges in analyzing and interpreting these data?
  • Dynamics: What are the dynamical mechanisms that produce meso- and sub-mesoscale motions? How do they interact with larger-scale circulations?
  • Modeling: How are meso- and submeso-scale motions represented in numerical models? What are the computational challenges to simulating these scales?
  • Role in climate: How do meso- and submeso-scale motions influence air-sea interactions and fluxes of energy and nutrients between the near-surface and deeper ocean? How do they shape marine ecosystems? What is the importance of ocean macroturbulence for simulating and projecting climate change?

Activities will comprise lectures, problem solving, and discussions of recent journal articles; instructors will provide observational and model data sets for groups of participants to analyze. Groups of students will develop and present proposals for new research.

Meanwhile, a training course organised by UNESCO/IOC Regional Training and Research Center on on Ocean Dynamics and Climate (ODC) on 'Regional Application of Coupled Climate Models' will be organised back to back with the CLIVAR Summer School, from July 13 to 22, 2018 also in Qingdao, China. 

Date and Venue

  • CLIVAR-FIO Joint Summer School on ‘Ocean Macroturbulence and Its Role in Earth’s Climate’: July 6 to 11, 2020 
  • UNESCO/IOC ODC Training Course On  'Regional Application of Coupled Climate Models': July 13 to 22, 2020

We encourage you to apply both courses. More information can be found on the website of CLIVAR ( or the ODC Center at (


To download the CLIVAR-FIO Summer School Poster To download the ODC Training Course Poster


Working Language

The training course will be conducted in English.
The summer school is intended for early career scientists with research interests in ocean and climate. The applicants must have a good command of English. 

W. Robinson, N. Carolina State Univ., US


E. Chassignet, Florida State Uni.v, US
A. Dellapenna, Univ. of Washington, US
G. Evans, NOC, UK
X. Ma, Ocean Univ. of China
F. Qiao, FIO-MNR, China
W. Robinson, N. Carolina State Univ., US
S. Speich: IPSL, France
P. Zuidema, Univ. of Miami, US


Please fill in the on-line application no later than 24:00 GMT+827 March 2020. In case you had difficulty in accessing to the online system, please send the following 2 documents to both Dr Jose Santos ( and Dr Xunqiang Yin ( by 24:00 GMT+827 March 2020.
  1. An offline register form (DOC); and  
  2. Signature Form

All applicants will be informed of the final selection result no later than 10 April 2020. A certain number of self-funded applicants will be also selected to take part in this training course.

A limited number of grants are available to support the attendance of selected participants, with priority given to participants from developing countries. There is no registration fee. A selection committee will be set-up with a view to selecting the most qualified early career scientists among applications to receive financial assistance. You will be asked to identify your financial request in the registration system. The information filled in the application will be of great help for the selection process.
Selected trainees need to send a copy of your passport to and by 30 April 2020. 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.
Contact Information

Dr. Jose Santos
Executive Director 
International CLIVAR Project Office (ICPO)

Dr Xunqiang Yin
The First Institute of Oceanography, MNR, China