Summer School

"First Steps in Biosphere-Atmosphere Modelling"

The last summer school took place on 5-16 of June 2023 at the University of Helsinki Lahti-campus. Currently we have not decided where and when the next summer school will be organized, but we will place it here asa it is fixed.

If your institute is interesting to arrange the course at your place together with us please contact Michael Boy (

Aim of the course

In this course you will not run any existing model or analyse data from a model but you will get a basic and detailed knowledge on how to write an atmospheric model from scratch. During the course, everyone will program his or her own 1-dimensional atmospheric boundary layer model with equations of flow for the atmospheric boundary layer, chemical kinetics by systems of differential equations, emissions of biogenic volatile organic compounds (BVOCs) from vegetation, deposition of gases and aerosols and numerical solutions for aerosol formation and growth. The model will be coded in Fortran 95 and a basic knowledge of programming in some computer language (e.g. Fortran, C++, Python, Matlab) is required.

Information from earlier courses

If you want to know what earlier participates thought about the course or you want to see pictures from the former courses please click here.

Course material

The lecture slides and additional material for the course are available here.