Snow & Atmosphere master field trip, Col du Lautaret, Grenoble
Every winter, we organize a training on Snow & Atmosphere in
the field at Col du Lautaret in the French Alps for the master
students of University Grenoble Alpes (UGA). In addition, we
propose to open the training to ~3-5 international students
(master or first year PhD).
The program comprises field work by group of 3 persons (6-7h/day)
and complementary lectures (1h/day) on the following topics:
- snow stratigraphy in snowpits, snow metamorphism (2x 0.5 day).
- snow depth distribution by GPR and DGPS and data processing (3x
- snow thermal regime (0.5 day).
- snow albedo and surface energy budget, micro-meteorology (0.5
- atmospheric ozone (0.5 day).
- snow optics (0.5 day).
- data processing and interpretation (0.5 day)
This winter the training will be 2 – 7 March 2020 (Monday to
Saturday included), during the peak of the snow season. 19
students from UGA will attend.
The fees are 450€, and include the courses, basic accommodation in
chalets on the site (Jardin alpin du Lautaret) and food cooked by
Col du Lautaret is at the altitude of 2100 m.a.s.l and climate
conditions in March can be harsh (with sustained -15°C and windy
as in 2018) or clement (0°C and sunshine as in 2017). While all
the field activities take place within 100 m around the chalets,
good health conditions, adequate clothing and some initial
experience with mountain environment are a prerequisite. The
training site is very close to a main road, but the access is
occasionally closed for a few hours to a full day during snowfall
To apply, please send us an email with CV, details of your master
curriculum and motivations not later than 15 October 2019. We will
give a response within 3 weeks.
Please note that this year, the European Snow Science Winter
School (SSWS) will also take place in Col du Lautaret in
mid-February. The SSWS and the Snow & atmosphere training are
two independent events. The former is targeted to PhD students
with expertise in snow science seeking for advanced training while
the UGA training is a master course for master students and first
year PhD students with a broad interest in cold environmental
Ghislain Picard, Manu Le Meur, Didier Voisin