Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Maïdo Observatory Summer School in Atmospheric Composition and Dynamics

Date: 28 November 2016 - 03 December 2016
Location: Reunion Island University

The Maïdo Observatory Summer School (MOSS) aims to focus on troposphere-stratosphere composition and dynamics. It will take place at Reunion Island, a southern tropical site (21.0° South, 55.5° East) where atmospheric observations and research activities have been developing since early 1990’s.

The MOSS is intended to monitoring and understanding processes and changes in the Earth’s atmosphere (troposphere and stratosphere) with emphasis on dynamics, long-term evolution of atmospheric composition and climate change.

The school academic activities are based on courses and training in accordance with SPARC (Stratosphere-troposphere Processes And their Role in Climate) activities and with its strategy in terms of capacity development. SPARC is a core project of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP).

Atmospheric observations at Reunion Island are monitored by the OPAR (Observatoire de Physique de l'Atmosphère de La Réunion). Most of the instruments are operational at the Maïdo Observatory, which is located on the West coast of the Island at about 2200m asl. All of the instruments are of international standard and are operational in framework of international observational networks such as NDACC (Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Changes), SHADOZ (Southern Hemisphere ADditional OZonesondes), AERONET (AErosol RObotic NETwork), ICOS (Integrated Carbon Observation System), …


The School is scheduled for 6-days residential courses open to PhD students and early carrier scientists in the field of instrumentation and atmospheric sciences.

Applications are accepted from:

  • students registered in a doctoral programme;
  • postdoctoral and young scientists from public or private laboratories;
  • any other scientists or engineers from public or private laboratories.

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