The 1st Summer School of Upper Ocean Turbulence, Gdańsk 2016 - at a glance

The purpose of the ‘Summer School of Upper Ocean Turbulence’ was to teach students (graduate students and scientists) in the art of turbulence theory, processes and measurements with the focus on the upper ocean.

The financial or in-kind support for the Summer School was provided by: GOMRI (Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative), TUG, JFE/Japan, Polish Academy of Science, Gdańsk University of Technology, Rockland Int./Canada and TAMUCC/US.

The 2 week course included a 2 week intensive training period (25 July – 5 August) with lectures by a diverse set of international experts that intend to cover a broad spectrum of problems ranging from application of spectral methods in turbulence data analysis to numerical methods in turbulence research. The last week of the program (8-12 August) included at sea data collection and hands-on experience in data analysis with VMP250 turbulence microstructure profiler

The summary of the Summer School activities:

  • The Summer School audience included 17 PhD students and 2 postdocs from 8 countries: (9/Poland, 4/US/China, 2/Japan/Brazil, 2/Ireland, 1/Spain and 1/Sweden/China).
  • Teachers hailed from 4 countries: 4/US, 2/Japan, 1/Canada, 1 /Poland J:  Domaradzki (USC-US), W. Drennan (UM/RSMAS-US), R. Lueck (Rockland/UVic-Canada), D. Bogucki (TAMUCC-US), B. Haus (UM/RSMAS -US), H. Yamazaki (TUMST-Japan), H. Li (JFE-Japan) and Dr. Patrik Jasik - our computer lab instructor
  • During the Summer Course we have taught 84 contact hours (3x4x7) in total. This is equivalent of 2 semester long class each worth 3 credits.
  • Local Gdańsk institutions lend us their support: Gdańsk University of Technology, Polish Academy of Science and Gdańsk University.
  • Overview of commercial activity by School supporting businesses: JFE Advantech Co., Ltd and Rockland Scientific Inc

The Summer School offered classes allowed participating students to develop suitable physical and mathematical foundations needed for students publications.  Many Summer School students were at a standstill in their progress, and the School lectures provided much needed help to take their research to a new level.

Below are excerpts from student’s evaluation of the Summer Course:

Ten Doeschate, Anneke - PhD Candidate (Ireland, NUI Galway):

‘Thanks again for the organisation of this Summer School. It was good overall, fulfilling my expectations.’ and ‘So, overall, great 3 weeks, I feel I've benefited a lot from attending the Summer School.’

Leonie Esters - PhD Candidate (Ireland, NUI Galway):

‘I would like to thank you again for all the organisation etc. It was an amazing summer school.’ And ‘This is all that came to my mind by know and I think it would be totally great if there was a chance to organise a turbulence summer school again but maybe with a broader organisation committee as I can imagine that it was quite a lot of work for you alone!’.

Matteo Marasco - PhD Candidate (University of the Highlands and Islands, UK)

I was really impressed during the Summer school.First of all, I would like to thank you for both the immense availability and the accurate organization of the event. In my opinion the level of the course was really high. Even if it was my first Summer School I felt to be part of great scientific community. I don’t want to go deep in the topics but I guess all of them gave to me an opportunity of knowledge. The lecturers were clear during the lessons and, mainly, aware to speak with an heterogeneous audience.

Gabriel Ruske Freitas - PhD Candidate (Tokyo University of Marine Science And Technology, Japan):

‘Overall, thank you very much for putting it all together. It gave me some notions and bearings that will certainly be helpful throughout my thesis. Gdańsk itself was also special; an unique city I might say.’