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Winter School - Diversity of planetary circulation regimes, in our solar system and beyond: 6-10 March 2017

A Winter School entitled Diversity of planetary circulation regimes, in our solar system and beyond will take place 6-10 March 2017 at the Les Houches Physics cent based in Les Houches, France.

University Grenoble AlpesLectures will be delivered by about 20 speakers. The number of additional participants is limited to 50. The deadline to apply is 15 January 2017, and early applicants will be given priority. The participants will be encouraged to bring over a poster for presenting their research activities. Full or partial financial support will be provided to selected participants.

We will present the recent observational data and modelling studies pertaining to the variety of planetary atmospheres circulation regimes, including giant and terrestrial planets. We will also discuss the theory of planetary physical processes (e.g. circulation, dynamics, thermodynamics, radiative transfer, cloud microphysics) and review the current status of the modelling of planetary atmospheres in order to calculate observables such as light curves. This interdisciplinary school wishes to contribute to bridging the gap between Earth science, planetary science, and astrophysics.

The Physics school of Les Houches is located in the French Alps (Savoy) and has been hosting worldwide renowned training and scientific events since 1951. Lodging and food are provided on site. Ample time will be reserved for individual and joint social activities. Arrival of participants is possible after 3 pm on Sunday 5 March.

All practical information concerning reaching the location of the school and the available facilities can be found at: and a summary of the event can be found at

Topics that will be addressed are the following:

  • What are the various circulation regimes of Earth, Solar system planets and exoplanets (theory/observation)?
  • What have we learned from Earth climate dynamics that can be applied to exoplanets?
  • Which properties are relevant for habitability?
  • How can we use knowledge of planetary physics to better understand the Earth climate system and its response to forcings?
  • How do the very diverse radiation regimes affect the circulation? What are the main feedbacks?
  • How to deal with complex processes such as clouds, shocks, lightenings, hydrological cycle, weathering?
  • How to construct flexible modeling tools?

For questions, please contact Nicolas Iro (University of Hamburg).

The organizing committee:
Daniel Apai (Department of Astronomy, University of Arizona, Tucson, USA) - Francois Forget (LMD, CNRS, Paris, France) - Nicolas Iro (CEN - Institute of Meteorology, University of Hamburg, Germany) - Valerio Lucarini (CEN, University of Hamburg, Germany/Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Reading, Reading, UK) - Raymond Pierrehumbert (Department of Physics, Oxford University, UK).


The Joint IAPSO-IAMAS-IAGA Assembly is being held this year in Cape Town, South Africa, from 27 August - 1 September 2017. Registration and abstract submission is now open for either oral or poster presentations. Please note that the deadline for abstract submission is 12 March 2017. For more details, click here


Atmospheric ObservatoryThe Department of Meteorology runs public tours of the Atmospheric Observatory during June and July. Bookings for the tours for summer 2017 will open in February. For more information, please keep an eye on the university's events pages.

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