The Doctoral Programme in Atmospheric Sciences aims to educate a next generation of top-level scientists and experts with all the necessary multidisciplinary skills to tackle the future challenges of climate change, air quality matters and environmental technologies. The supra disciplinary education will enable those experts to serve at different challenging positions in society and industry. Beside classical curriculum skills and knowledge, the education on the state-of-the-art measurement technologies (laboratory, ground-based and remote sensing), data-analysis and modelling (from box models to Earth system models) are emphasized.

The research topics of ATM-DP include:

  •    Aerosol and environmental physics
  •    Aerosol-cloud-climate interactions
  •    Air quality
  •    Atmospheric chemistry
  •    Atmospheric modelling
  •    Biosphere-atmosphere interactions
  •    Carbon, water, nitrogen and aerosol cycles and balances
  •    Climate change effects and mitigation
  •    Development of aerosol, remote sensing, radar, and environmental technology
  •    Dynamic meteorology
  •    Earth system modelling
  •    Hydrology
  •    Limnology
  •    Oceanography
  •    Remote sensing of ecosystem and atmosphere
  •    Remote sensing of land cover and land use change
  •    Snow and ice studies
  •    Urban and indoor aerosols and health effects
  •    Urban meteorology

The research groups in Finland are among world-leaders in the fields represented by ATM-DP. The Doctoral Programme is in a strong symbiotic relationship with the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Atmospheric Science – From Molecular and Biological processes to the Global Climate (ATM). The education and knowledge transfer of the Centre of Excellence is formalized mainly in ATM-DP. Atmospheric and Earth system sciences belong to the focus areas in the strategy of the University of Helsinki.

According to the evaluation report of Physics Research in Finland (Academy of Finland, 2012), stated that the atmospheric science research in the University of Helsinki is outstanding and internationally highly esteemed. The success of the doctoral education is based on: i) regular meetings of the guidance groups involving both students, postdoctoral researchers and professors; ii) cross-supervision carried out by the University of Helsinki and other partners of the Center of Excellence network; iii) several annual joint international courses and workshops aimed at supporting the students’ research, and providing both core and transferable skills; and iv) a dedicated mentoring programme for the students.