Online MPE School: Modern data-based and complex systems approaches to climate dynamics – 29 September to 27 October 2020



“Modern data-based and complex systems approaches to climate dynamics”

Running between 29 September and 27 October 2020


This on-line school, which is aimed at graduate students in mathematics and climate dynamics, is organized by the MPE CDT ( It will involve lectures and a project component. It is possible to only attend the lectures but participants will benefit most if they also get involved in the projects, which they will work on in small groups.


Lectures will be given on the five Tuesdays running from September 29 to 27 October 2020 inclusive.

The principal lecturer will be Professor Henk Dijkstra from Utrecht University ( He will give 5 two-hour lectures on the following topics:

  • Stochastic climate dynamics
  • Tipping elements and transition behaviour
  • Intrinsic climate variability
  • Weather and climate prediction
  • Climate change

In addition, specialist lectures will be given by the following eminent speakers:

  • Anna von der Heydt, Utrecht University (palaeoclimate variability)
  • Laura Jackson, Met Office (oceanic thermohaline circulation)
  • Antje Weisheimer, ECMWF and Oxford University (predictability)


The detailed schedule of lectures is provided here.

The lectures are open to all and will be held via Zoom. Participants must register in advance; the zoom link will be sent immediately prior to the start of the School.


Non MPE CDT participants who indicate they would like to apply to take part in the projects will be contacted and asked for a statement from their PhD supervisor regarding their suitability. The MPE Directors will review applications and decide whether an applicant can be accepted for the projects. Note: all MPE CDT students will automatically be accepted for the project work. All those taking part in the projects need to commit to attending the entire school.


Participants will work on four mini computational projects in preassigned groups. The projects will be designed to complement the lectures, and group members will collaborate through a web-based interface. The expectation is that each project will involve 2-3 hours of work, and may be done at whatever time is convenient for the group between one Tuesday and the next. After the final lecture on October 27, the groups will each be asked give a short presentation on one of the projects.

To register use the Eventbrite registration link -> Here

Please note the closing date for registration is 22nd September 2020.