Organized by the JPL Center for Climate Sciences and the Keck Institute for Space Studies

Dates: July 31–August 1 (virtual) and August 5–9 (in-person)
Attendance REQUIRED for ALL dates

This event will be held in two parts:

  • July 31–August 1 2024 half days online
  • 5–9 Aug. 2024 full days in person at at the Keck Institute for Space Studies (KISS) at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), Pasadena, CA.

Workshop format is subject to change dependent on COVID-19 conditions in late summer.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirements

All participants must be fully vaccinated, including booster, to be allowed onto the Caltech campus. Verification of vaccination status will be required prior to acceptance into the Summer School. Masking requirements will be determined by county, city, and campus policies at the time.

About the Summer School

Each year the Center for Climate Sciences brings together the next generation of climate scientists – approximately 25 graduate students and postdocs from around the world – to engage with premier climate scientists.

Our yearly summer school focuses on the topic of "Using Satellite Observations to Advance Climate Models". 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

Student travel and accommodation expenses are included.

Student Selection

Up to 25 students will be selected by the Center to participate in the Summer School. We accept applications from graduate students and postdoctoral researchers that are actively engaged in climate modeling, using satellite observations of Earth, researching the physical climate system, climate modeling, or related fields. However, we will also consider applications from exceptional undergraduate students working in these areas.


Applying does not confirm participation in the Summer School. We will contact successful applicants in early June.

The information about your work and interests which you provide in your application is what we use to assess your fit for this opportunity. Please be thoughtful and thorough.

Apply now for the 2024 CCS Summer School.

The application period will close on May 1, 2024 (9pm Pacific Time).

Previous Summer Schools

Each year we host a summer school that brings together the next generation of climate scientists to engage with premier climate scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and elsewhere. Our inaugural summer school was held in 2011. Learn more about some of our previous summer schools.

 › View all past Center for Climate Sciences Summer Schools

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