Co-sponsored by NASA's Earth Science Division and the Keck Institute for Space Studies

August 8, 2011 - August 12, 2011  |  Keck Institute for Space Studies, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California

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About the Summer School

2011 sees the launch of our annual Climate Summer School, co-sponsored by the Keck Institute for Space Studies at Caltech. Each year, we will bring together the next generation of climate scientists – about 30 graduate students and postdocs from around the world – to engage with premier climate scientists.

Our yearly summer school will focus on topics on the leading edge of climate science research. The topic for 2011 is "Using Satellite Observations to Advance Climate Models". Speakers will include climate experts from both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Students will explore how satellite observations can be used to evaluate and improve climate models, and will hear from a range of speakers on climate model diagnostics and evaluation and remote sensing of the planet.

Program Topics will include:

  • Global Climate Models

  • Satellite Remote Sensing

  • Climate Model Diagnostics and Evaluation

All students’ travel and accommodation expenses will be paid for by the Center.

Student Selection

Up to 30 students will be selected by the Center to participate in the Summer School. Most participants will be graduate students or postdoctoral researchers that are actively engaged in climate modeling, using satellite observations of Earth, or researching the physical climate system, climate modeling. However, we will also consider applications from Master's degree students working in this area.

The registration deadline was Monday, July 18, 2011. Please note registration is now closed.


Registration Now Closed

Thanks for your interest in our summer school. We will notify successful applicants in due course. Due to overwhelming demand, we are unable to accommodate all applications, but for all applicants who do not get a place, we will keep your details on file for next year's summer school.

Logistical Details

Hotel and Travel

Travel and hotel accommodation will be booked by Center staff. Those selected for the program will be notified by email and will receive further details at that time. For more information on what to do and see in the local area, please visit the following links:

Explore Pasadena

Pasadena Visitor's Bureau

VISA Requirements

For Visa requirement information and travel to the United States please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State.

Meeting Venue and Parking

Keck Institute for Space Studies
6th Floor, Millikan Building
California Institute of Technology
1200 East California Boulevard
Pasadena, California 91125
map and directions ›

Getting to the Keck Institute
The hotel chosen to accommodate the summer school students will provide shuttle service to the venue.

Parking Structure
For those driving to the Keck Institute, directions to the parking structure can be found by clicking the "Map and Directions" link above. You may park in the structure below the softball field in a spot marked "Commuter". Buy a parking permit from the kiosk at the entrance to the garage before descending the parking structure.

Street Parking
Limited street parking is available on a first come, first served basis. Street parking varies from two hour limit or four hour limit to unlimited time limit, so be careful where you park. If parking on campus, visitors are required to display a permit between the hours of 7 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.