Geophysical and Environmental Fluid Dynamics Summer School
|Fundamental fluid-mechanical ideas help us to understand and quantify complex geophysical processes such as the flow and solidification of red hot lava as it propagates across the countryside to form new terrain.|
|The GEFD Summer School|
There will be no GEFD
Summer School in 2007
Geophysical and Environmental Fluid Dynamics encompasses the dynamics of the atmosphere, the circulation of the oceans and flows of the often-presumed solid earth beneath our feet. The Summer School exposes the key physical processes involved using simple mathematical ideas illustrated by hands-on laboratory experiments and interactive computer demonstrations. If you would like to be kept informed of summer school announcements, please join our email list.
The Summer School lasts for two weeks and is designed to be intensive and yet fun. Vast amounts of material are covered during the lectures, in a relaxed and often entertaining atmosphere. Whenever possible, mathematical concepts introduced in the lectures are motivated or backed-up by a simple table-top experiment or by the multi-media presentation of some particular real-world geophysical phenomenon.
The school has now been running for fifteen years and used to be partly sponsored by the Natural Environment Research Council. It is intended mainly for graduate students pursuing, or about to embark on, research relating to geophysical and environmental topics. Students are accepted from a variety of scientific backgrounds. Much of the course involves building simple mathematical models, and so a basic knowledge of differential equations is essential. To date, over 1000 students have attended the school.
The school has been held each September in Cambridge at the Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics. The basic elements of the course are:
The photos from Past Schools give a flavour of all these Summer School activities.
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