ERCA is a course for PhD students, scientists and engineers from universities, public research institutes and private research or industrial organizations. It is a high level international course on the physics and chemistry of the atmosphere of the Earth, the climate system and climate change, atmospheric pollution at different scales and the human dimensions of environmental changes. The course also covers other planets, satellites and objects of the solar system and beyond. It is designed as a multidisciplinary course with a wide diversity of subject matters. It provides an excellent opportunity for the participants to broaden their scientific horizons. The course also provides the ideal setting to interact and discuss research with lecturers who are leaders in their respective fields. This is fostered by poster sessions which will feature the current research of the participants. Participants come from Europe and other countries of the world (50 countries from all continents so far), in order to balance their cultural and scientific origins.
Since it was created in 1993 by the Professor Claude Boutron, 26 sessions have already been organised. They were attended by more than 1200 participants from 50 countries. ERCA 2019 will be the 27th session of the course.
The first three weeks (6 to 28 January 2019) will take place at Maison des Magisteres, on the new university campus in west Grenoble. The programme includes lectures (about 50 hours), practicals, and visits to research institutes. The participants will also present their own research work, and write a research proposal on thematics related to the ones of ERCA.
The final week of the course (29 Jan. to 2 February 2019) will be held at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence (OHP). OHP is located in a remote area, about 170 km south of Grenoble, and is one of the main French astronomical observatories, with several optical telescopes and various instruments for atmospheric measurements (lidars, spectrometers, balloon...). Observations, data acquisition and treatment will be proposed.
The language of the Course is English.