EaSyMS Summer School

MPI-ESM and ICON-ESM are the Earth system models that are developed and used at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology. The ‘Earth System Modelling School’ (EaSyMS) is designed to introduce MPI-ESM to young scientists. Starting 2018, EaSyMS will be introducing ICON-ESM. The 1-week summer school combines lectures and hands-on sessions. Expert scientists lecture on dynamics, flows and processes in the different Earth system compartments as well as feedbacks between them. They introduce the models that are developed to understand individual Earth system components (such as e.g. the ECHAM model) and their part in the coupled model MPI-ESM. In ‘hands-on’ sessions participants work on specific scientific questions related to, for example, ‘ocean mixing’. Starting with the formulation of a work hypothesis, participants run the Earth system model on a supercomputer, analyse the simulation results and post-process their data with special focus on the assigned question. The summer school completes with participants presenting their results, answering the assigned scientific question.

EaSyMS is offered annually in Hamburg (primarily for IMPRS-ESM doctoral candidates). Between 2012 and 2016 it was offered at various places abroad as a component of the ‘European Earth System and Climate Modelling School’ (E2SCMS). This bi-annually organised summer school was sponsored by the Infrastructure project of the European Network for Earth System Modelling (IS-ENES) and presented a suite of Earth system models from European research institutes (among them the MPI-M, Hamburg, and the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS), Reading, UK. E2SCMS accepted applications from all over the world.