DPG Physics School on "Physics of the Ocean"

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General information

Physical ocean processes affect the global distribution and transports of ocean properties, ranging from mass and temperature to the many dissolved substances (salt, nutrients, CO2, etc.). Ocean processes are of particular relevance for the global and regional climate systems, and they set the stage for marine element cycling and the marine ecosystem as a whole. The relevant scales range from vertical ocean mixing (cm) over mesoscale stirring (km) up to the planetary scale of the global ocean circulation. The school strives to provide a broader view of the ocean system from a physical perspective. The participants shall be introduced to the observations, models, theory and analysis methods used by environmental and ocean physicists, and to the present understanding of how the ocean works. Additional topics are the interaction with the global climate and with the marine biogeochemical and ecological systems. Furthermore, the school is to provide orientation in the context of big international research programs, such as CLIVAR and GOOS, and to advance the interaction and collaboration between young scientists active in ocean research. Summer School schedule.

The target group of the school are postdocs, graduate students, and advanced master students, from all over Europe and beyond, who wish to broaden their understanding of ocean physics. They should preferably be engaged in ocean studies, but work in a neighboring field such as atmospheric physics/meteorology, hydrology, geophysics, and bio- or geo-sciences is also accepted. A prerequisite is an adequate knowledge of basic physics. The Summer School is organized by Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck (GEOMAR and Kiel University) and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Roether (Bremen University) and is supported by the the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus - Foundation.


  • Large Scale and Regional Oceanography
  • Regional and Operational Oceanography, Observing Methods
  • Southern Ocean, Global Observing systems and Ocean-Climate Interaction 
  • Modeling, Theory, and Small Scale Ocean Physics
  • Ocean Biochemistry 
Contact Person: Physikzentrum Bad Honnef (info@pbh.de)


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Venue: Conference Centre: PBH
Bad Honnef, Germany



200 € full board and accommodation (for DPG* members 100 € )
The German Physical Society (DPG)

Application Procedure:

To follow the Summer school on "Physics of the Ocean'' you need to fill in the online application form.

Application deadline31st of May, 2014.


Academic level: Master, PhD, Lifelong Learning
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